Singer, songwriter, producer – Brian Cadd has done it all. Cadd kicked off his career with two of the most celebrated bands of their day, The Groop and Axiom, with hits Woman You’re Breaking Me and A Little Ray of Sunshine. He followed this with a string of massive hits as a solo artist with songs like Ginger Man, Let Go, Alvin Purple and the soundtrack to the classic Morning of the Earth surf movie, before moving into a ‘behind-the-scenes’ role in the music industry, going on to produce and work alongside music heavyweights from around the globe.
Deborah Conway has been a musician for 40 years, during these decades she has played a countless number of live shows from stadiums to lounge rooms; has recorded a lot of songs, some of which have raised eyebrows, some of which have been played on radio; and has produced records, shows, tours and festivals.
Rolling Stone Living Legend, Joe Camilleri, is a giant of the Australian music landscape. He has given his life to writing, performing and celebrating music. Writer of milestone Australian songs such as So Young, Hit & Run, Shape I’m In, Harley & Rose, Chained To The Wheel and Never Let Me Go and leader of two of Australia’s most successful bands, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons and The Black Sorrows, Joe and his music have become part of Australian music culture. Joe was inducted along with other members of the Falcons into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007.
John Paul Young is undoubtedly one of the most popular Australian artists of the 70’s, with a string of hits, and over 4 million record sales, cementing him a place in Australia’s music history. Along with performing, John has had equal successes in Radio, Television and Theatre, including a Helpmann Award nomination for best supporting artist. In 2009, John was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2012, his 40th year in the industry, John was honoured with an Order of Australia for his services to charity and the music industry.
Multi ARIA Award winning artist, Kate Ceberano, has been in the business for over 35 years - writing and performing both jazz and pop music - with seven Platinum and seven Gold albums to her name. Kate Ceberano is a bone fide national treasure, possessing one of the great voices of her generation and in 2019 received the ARIA Award for Jazz Album of the Year for her beautiful partnership with Paul Grabowsky on the Tryst album.
The perpetually effervescent, Grammy-award winning, international chart-topping British music legend Leo Sayer continues pack houses worldwide. Following the success of his sold-out UK tour, Leo is back in Australia for APIA in 2020. The age range of audiences at a Leo Sayer show is massive – his music appeals to young and old and his shows are energy packed from the beginning. His charismatic persona endears audiences immediately and he always has the audience on their feet.
For 30 years, the glorious voices of Vika & Linda Bull have comprised one of the most distinctive, versatile and emotionally charged sounds on the Australian music landscape. Since their multi-platinum conquest of pop radio with The Black Sorrows in the late 1980s, the sisters have forged diverse pathways into soul, gospel, rock, country and the island music of their Tongan ancestry. In November 2019 Vika & Linda took their place in the Music Victoria Hall of Fame, joining other Victorian music superstars like Olivia Newton-John, Chrissy Amphlett, Renée Geyer, Paul Kelly, ACDC and John Farnham.
As an artist, Wendy Matthews has an expressive voice that never fails to move those who hear it. Her music is an unhurried journey of clean melodies, infectious energy and simple grace. This is exemplified by the reality that Wendy’s music is now in more than 1 million homes in Australia and all her albums to date have multi-platinum status. Wendy has immense talent and capacity to capture and define a diverse range of styles in her music.