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Bernard Fanning

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Most widely known for his stint fronting the chart-topping Australian rockers Powderfinger, Bernard Fanning in addition has hit number 1 like a single artist. Fanning was created August 15, 1969, in Brisbane. He became a member of Powderfinger in the behest of St. Joseph’s University economics classmate Ian Haug, who co-founded the group in 1989. Originally slated like a guitarist, Fanning was quickly awarded business lead vocalist responsibilities, charting the group’s development from addresses to original materials. After a couple of self-employed EPs, Powderfinger (therefore named honoring the classic Corrosion Never Sleeps monitor by Neil Adolescent, a seminal impact) authorized to Polydor in 1994 and released their debut LP, Parables for Wooden Ears. Using the 1996 follow-up, Two times Allergic, the music group went double-platinum in the home, consequently notching some Australian chart-topping LPs including 1998’s Internationalist, 2000’s Odyssey Quantity Five, and 2003’s Vulture Road. Also in 2003, Fanning produced his feature film debut in Ned Kelly, adding a single performance towards the film soundtrack. Despite achievement within the U.K. and European countries, Powderfinger remained digital unknowns within the U.S. marketplace, and in 2005 the music group continued hiatus. In Oct of 2005, Fanning released his debut single work, Tea & Sympathy. Charting a folk and vocalist/songwriter path, the album however scored hits using the singles “Want You Well” and “Songbird.” He place his single career on keep briefly when Powderfinger reunited for any sixth album, Desire Days in the Resort Living, which topped the Australian graph in 2007. The music group also toured greatly, including a tour with Silverchair called Over the Great Separate, whose objective was to improve knowing of indigenous issues. Powderfinger released another recording, 2009’s Golden Guideline, but although it hit number 1, it had been their last. Fanning composed music and spent period with his family members through the early 2010s, after that finally surfaced in 2013 along with his second single album, Departures. As opposed to his initial single album, that one was fairly rock-heavy; it conveniently reached number 1 in Australia. Civil Dusk, released in 2016, came back him towards the folk audio of Tea & Sympathy. No real surprise, it hit number 1 in Australia, and spent greater than a month in the very best Ten.

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Full Name Bernard Fanning
Profession Actor, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Film Score Composer
Education University of Queensland
Nationality Australian
Spouse Andrea Moreno
Children Gabriella Fanning, Freddie Fanning
Awards ARIA Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album, MTV Australia Award for Album of the Year
Music Groups Powderfinger, The Wrights
Music Songs Watch Over Me, Wish You Well, Wasting Time, Songbird, Isn't It A Pity, Shelter for My Soul, Not Finished Just Yet, Hope & Validation, Reckless, Thrill Is Gone, Belly Of The Beast, Departures, Grow Around You, Further Down the Road, Emerald Flame, Yesterday's Gone, Which Way Home?, Tell Me How It Ends, Rush Of Blood, Wash Me Clean, Down to the River, What A Man Wants, Unpicking A Puzzle, Battleships, Sleeping Rough, Sooner Or Later, The Strangest Thing, Change Of Pace, Here Comes the Sadist, Moreton Bay, Shed My Skin, In The Ten Years Gone
Albums Brutal Dawn, Civil Dusk, Departures, Tea & Sympathy, Odyssey Number Five
Nominations ARIA Music Award for Best Male Artist, ARIA Music Award for Engineer of the Year, World Music Award for World’s Best Album, MTV Australia Award for Song of the Year, MTV Australia Award for Best Male Artist
Movies Ned Kelly


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#Fact
1 He has just released a solo album, called Tea and Sympathy. It's doing very well in the Australian charts [November 2005]
2 Has just released his band's fifth studio album 'Vulture Street' in Australia. [July 2003]
3 Has just released his band's sixth studio album 'Fingerprints' in Australia. [December 2004]
4 His band, "Powderfinger", has just released a new album called "Fingerprints".
5 Makes his on-screen debut with a cameo performance in Ned Kelly (2003) (2003) as an Irish singer. He performs the Australian folk song "Moreton Bay" onstage during the film.
6 Studied Journalism for a while at the University of Queensland, before leaving to become a factory hand, and to concentrate more on band commitments.
7 Lead singer/guitarist for popular Australian band 'Powderfinger'.
8 His album 'Odyssey no. 5' is one of the most highest selling albums in Australia's history, and was the big winner at the 2000 aria awards.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Formula 1: Ten Sport TV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2016 performer - 1 episode, 2016
Bernard Fanning: Battleships 2013 Video short performer: "Battleships" / writer: "Battleships"
Any Questions for Ben? 2012 writer: "Burn Your Name" - as Fanning
The Block 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
It Takes Two 2007-2008 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Australian Idol 2003-2007 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Singing Bee 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Men in Trees 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ned Kelly 2003 arranger: "Moreton Bay" / lyrics: "Shelter for My Soul" / music: "Shelter for My Soul" / performer: "Shelter for My Soul", "Moreton Bay"
Dirty Deeds 2002 performer: "Trouble", "No Good Without You"
Rage 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Two Hands 1999 writer: "These Days", "Belter" - as Fanning
True Love and Chaos 1997 writer: "Turtle's Head"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bernard Fanning: Battleships 2013 Video short Bernard Fanning
Rove Live 2003 TV Series Powderfinger
Ned Kelly 2003 Irish Singer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bernard Fanning: Battleships 2013 Video short
Ned Kelly 2003

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rage 2005-2016 TV Series Himself
Molly: The Real Thing 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself - Powderfinger
Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight 2013 TV Series Himself
Sunsets: Powderfinger Farewell Tour Live in Concert 2010 Video Himself
Powderfinger: The Final Odyssey 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 7PM Project 2009 TV Series Himself - Movember Ambassador
Great Australian Albums 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Rove Live 2007 TV Series Himself
The 20th Annual ARIA Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
MTV Australia Video Music Awards 2006 2006 TV Special Himself
These Days: Powderfinger Live in Concert - Accoustic Low Key 2004 Video Himself
These Days: Powderfinger Live in Concert 2004 Video Himself
Rock 'n' Royal 2004 TV Special documentary Himself - Performer (song "On My Mind") (as Powderfinger)

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