Archie Roach is a soul singer, in the true sense of the word. His lyrics are uniquely Australia and undeniably universal and he is one of our most respected, beloved and admired singer/songwriters.
Archie first came to the attention of most Australians with the release of his debut album “Charcoal Lane” in 1992. The album launched his career and “Took The Children Away”, his own story of the stolen generations, heartbreakingly captured the human cost of government policy. Since then he has released 10 albums, including several with his life partner Ruby Hunter, a number of movie soundtracks, and a box set retrospective of his first four albums. His critically acclaimed latest album, “Into the Bloodstream” has been described as “an inspirational comeback” (Mess & Noise), “a triumphant return” (ABC online) and “amongst his best work” (AU Review).
Archie’s work has been recognised locally and internationally, in mainstream and indigenous circles. As well as five Arias and seven Deadlys, including Outstanding and Lifetime Contribution Awards, he has won three National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) and was inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame in 2013. He was the first songwriter to receive a Human Rights Achievement Award (for “Took The Children Away in 1992) and has toured with some of the world’s most iconic artists, including Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Billy Bragg, Paul Simon, Joan Armatrading, Suzanne Vega and Patti Smith. In 2013, “Took The Children Away”, was added to the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra, as part of the Sounds Of Australia collection.
Despite the loss of his partner Ruby Hunter in 2010 and major health problems including a stroke and cancer, Archie Roach continues to record and perform, taking strength and inspiration from his music. He has shared the stage with local and international musical icons and is as comfortable performing on an outback stage as a concert hall or in front of 84,000 football fans at the MCG. Whether holding just his acoustic guitar, or walking on stage with a 13-piece band and 10-voice indigenous gospel choir, Archie’s music speaks the stories of his people, of this land and of the human condition.