Lee Kernaghan

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Lee Kernaghan
Man in black hat sitting on ground
Background information
Birth name Lee Raymond Kernaghan
Born (1964-04-15) 15 April 1964 (age 51)
Corryong, Victoria, Australia
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Songwriter, composer, musician, guitarist, model
Instruments Acoustic Guitar
Years active 1969–present
Labels Universal, ABC
Associated acts The Blue Devils, Fiona Kernaghan, Ray Kernaghan, Tania Kernaghan
Website http://www.leekernaghan.com.au/

Lee Kernaghan OAM (born 15 April 1964) is an Australian country music singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist. He was the 2008 Australian of the Year.[1][2]


Kernaghan received the Order of Australia Medal in 2004.[3]

In 2008, he was Australian of the Year.[4] He has two sons. he has won 2 ARIA Awards and three APRA Awards and been nominated in award categories numerous times. He was inducted into the Roll of Renown during the 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival and has won numerous awards at the Country Music Awards of Australia.[5]


Kernaghan, whose music is played at anti-Islam rallies in Australia, has refused to distance himself from the anti-Islam movement, as Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham and Mark Seymour have done.[6]



Year Album ARIA Albums
ARIA Country Albums
1985 Family Tradition[7]
1986 The Lee Kernaghan Collection[8]
1992 The Outback Club 86 1
1993 Three Chain Road 35 1
1995 1959 9 1
1997 Hat Town 7 1
1999 The Christmas Album 31 2
2000 Rules of the Road 16 2
2002 Electric Rodeo 5 1
2004 The Big Ones: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 16 1
2006 The New Bush 6 1
2007 Spirit of the Bush 5 1
2009 Planet Country 13 1
2011 Ultimate Hits 8 1
2012 Beautiful Noise 9 2
2014 Driving Home for Christmas 46 2
2015 Spirit of the Anzacs 1 1

Singles and EPs[edit]

Retail releases[edit]

Year Name Track/s
1983 "Cheaters"
"Advance Australia Again"
1986 "Back to Strangers"
"We're Gonna Be Lovers"
1993 "Boys from the Bush" "Boys from the Bush"
"Searchin' for Another You"
"She's My Ute" "She's My Ute"
"Leave Him in the Longyard"
1994 "Save the Land"[9] "Save the Land" (with Trisha Yearwood)
"Burning Heart"
1995 "Country Crowd" "Country Crowd"
"The Rope That Pulls the Wind"
1997 "This Is the Outback" "This Is the Outback"
"Twango" (Instrumental)
"Brown Water" (Instrumental)
1998 "Tough Job" "Tough Job" (Colin Buchanan and Lee Kernaghan)
"The House on Fishy Lake Road" (Colin Buchanan)
2004 "Missin' Slim" "Missin' Slim" (with COLIN BUCHANAN)
"Where Country Is"
"Still Here to Give It My Best" (Colin Buchanan)
"Losin' My Blues Tonight" (with Anne Kirkpatrick)
2007 "Love Shack" (The Summer Remixes)[10] "Love Shack" (Urban Mix Radio Edit)
"Love Shack" (Groove Mix Radio Edit)
"Love Shack" (Groove Mix Extended Play)
"Love Shack" (Euro Mix)
"Love Shack" (Album Mix)
Spirit of the Bush (EP) "Spirit of the Bush" (with Adam Brand and Steve Forde)
"Leave Him in the Longyard" (with Slim Dusty)
"Life Will Bring You Home" (Adam Brand)
"Aussie Philosophy" (Steve Forde)
Down to Earth (documentary)
"Spirit of the Bush" (music video)
2009 "Planet Country"[10] "Planet Country"
2010 iTunes Live EP[10][11] "Planet Country"
"Cunnamulla Fella"
"This Cowboys Hat"
"Australian Boy"
2012 "Beautiful Noise"[10] "Beautiful Noise"
2013 "Lights on the Hill"[10] "Lights on the Hill" (featuring The Wolf Brothers)
"Spirit of the Bush"[10][12] "Spirit of the Bush" (with Adam Brand and Steve Forde)
2015 "Spirit of the Anzacs"[10][13] "Spirit of the Anzacs" (featuring Guy Sebastian, Sheppard, Jon Stevens, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll and Megan Washington)


Year Single Chart positions Album
Country Tracks Chart[14]
1992 "Boys from the Bush" 1 The Outback Club
"High Country" 1
1993 "She Waits by the Sliprails" 1
"She's My Ute" 1 Three Chain Road
1994 "Three Chain Road" 1
"Leave Him in the Longyard" (with Slim Dusty) 2
"Southern Son" 1
"Save the Land" (with Trisha Yearwood) 1 N/A
1995 "Country Crowd" 1 1959
"1959" 1
1996 "Skinny Dippin'" 1
"Scrub Bashin'" 8
"A Bushman Can't Survive" (with Tania Kernaghan) 1 1959: Limited Edition Double CD
"Working for the Man" (with Troy Cassar-Daley) 8
1997 "This Is the Outback" 1 N/A
1998 "Hat Town" 1 Hat Town
"Goondiwindi Moon" 1
"Tough Job" (Colin Buchanan and Lee Kernaghan) 3 N/A
"Getting Gone" 1 Hat Town
1999 "When the Snow Falls on the Alice" 1
"Bare Essentials"
2000 "Darwin Jailhouse Window" (with Tex Morton) 3 Rules of the Road
"Cunnamulla Fella" 1
"That's the Kind of Life I Live" 3
2001 "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" (Josh Arnold and Lee Kernaghan) 1 Galvanize
2002 "Something in the Water" 1 Electric Rodeo
"The Way It Is" 1
2003 "I'm From the Country" (with Travis Sinclair) 1 Electric Rodeo: Deluxe Double CD Limited Edition
"An Ordinary Bloke" 6 Electric Rodeo
"Baptise the Ute" 6
2004 "Love Hurts" (with Catherine Britt) 3 Electric Rodeo: Deluxe Double CD Limited Edition
"Missin' Slim" (with COLIN BUCHANAN


1 N/A
2005 "Down Under" Big Ones: Greatest Hits
2006 "The New Bush" 1 The New Bush
"Listen to the Radio" 1
"Love Shack" 1
2007 "Spirit of the Bush" (with Adam Brand and Steve Forde) 1 Spirit of the Bush
"Sassafras Gap" 1
2009 "Planet Country" 1 Planet Country
2010 "Australian Boy" 2
"Love in the Time of Drought" 1
2011 "Dirt" 1
"Channel Country Ground" (Dean Perrett and Lee Kernaghan) 16 Cattle Town
"Scars" (with Dierks Bentley) 1 Planet Country
"Fire" (with Robyn McKelvie) 3 Planet Country: 2CD Deluxe Edition
2012 "Song of Australia" (Colin Buchanan, Lee Kernaghan and Sara Storer) 12 The Songwriter Sessions
"Beautiful Noise" 5 Beautiful Noise
2013 "Ute Me" 12
"Flying with the King" 1
"It's Only Country" 1
"Lights on the Hill" (with The Wolfe Brothers) Beautiful Noise: Deluxe Tour Edition
2014 "Dirt Music" 2 Beautiful Noise
"Driving Home for Christmas" 4 Driving Home for Christmas
"Turn This to Gold" (Keely Johnson with Lee Kernaghan) 17 N/A
2015 "Spirit of the Anzacs" (featuring Guy Sebastian, Sheppard, Jon Stevens, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll and Megan Washington)[15][16] 20 Spirit of the Anzacs


Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1992 "High Country"
"Boys From the Bush"
2011 "Scars" (with Dierks Bentley) Robb Cox
2012 "Beautiful Noise"
2015 "Spirit of the Anzacs"[17]


ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Kernaghan has won two awards from 9 nominations.[18]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
1993 The Outback Club Best Country Album Won
1994 Three Chain Road Won
1995 Country Crowd Nominated
1996 1959 Nominated
2000 Rules of the Road Nominated
2002 Electric Rodeo Nominated
2006 The New Bush Nominated
2010 Planet Country Nominated
2013 Beautiful Noise Nominated

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually. Kernaghan has won four awards from eight nominations.[19]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
1993 "Boys from the Bush" Country Song of the Year Won
1996 "1959" Most Performed Country Work Won
1999 "Hat Town" Most Performed Country Work Won
2004 "Way It Is" Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2007 "New Bush" Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2008 "Spirit of the Bush" (featuring Adam Brand and Steve Forde) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2011 "Planet Country" Country Work of the Year Nominated
2014 "Flying With the King" Country Work of the Year Won


  1. ^ "Kernaghan. Lee". Music Australia. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Wendy (2010). Australians of the Year. Pier 9 Press. ISBN 978-1-74196-809-5. 
  3. ^ "KERNAGHAN, Lee Raymond OAM". It's an Honour. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Lee Kernaghan named Australian of the Year". The Australian. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/01/18/4163995.htm
  6. ^ http://themusic.com.au/news/all/2015/07/24/lee-kernaghan-sits-on-fence-over-reclaim-australia-use-of-song/
  7. ^ Joint release by Ray and Lee Kernaghan
  8. ^ Released on cassette only
  9. ^ Proceeds of record royalties from sales were donated to Operation Farmhand
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Digital download only
  11. ^ Recorded live at the Castle Hill Apple Store
  12. ^ Re-released to support the NSW Bushfire Appeal
  13. ^ All proceeds go to Legacy and Soldier On charities
  14. ^ http://www.countrytrackschart.com.au/
  15. ^ McCabe, Kathy (23 January 2015). "Lee Kernaghan enlists Sheppard, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian for Spirit of the Anzacs single". News.com.au (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "iTunes – Music – Spirit of the Anzacs (feat. Guy Sebastian, Sheppard, Jon Stevens, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll & Megan Washington) – Single". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  17. ^ Lee Kernaghan – Spirit of the Anzacs (Official Music Video). YouTube. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Awards Search Results - Lee Kernaghan". ARIA Awards. www.ariaawards.com.au. 6 March 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "Nine first-time winners in 12 APRA Music Award categories". APRA Awards. www.apraamcos.com.au. 6 March 2015. 

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