In celebrating the achievements and wonderful careers of many women in Australian music this year, Australian Women in Music Awards has announced that music legend Judith Durham AO will be inducted into the prestigious AWMA Honour Roll at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 9 October.
With The Seekers, Durham was catapulted into the spotlight during the early 1960s with the band becoming the first Australian pop group to top the charts in the United Kingdom and United States, and selling over 50 million records worldwide. Pursuing a successful solo career through the 1970s and then recording and touring through the 1990s and 2000s, Durham’s place in the Australian music industry was solidified as one of our most important figures.
Durham expressed her gratitude for the acknowledgement. “They say the longest journey begins with just one step, but you have to have a dream to start, and I had plenty of dreams. It is such a blessing to have spent my 76 years of life so far in musical expression; so emotionally healing, inspirational and uplifting – first as a soloist aspiring to a life in opera or classical piano, or popular songs or musicals, but finding myself following the teenage trends; singing Dixieland Jazz, Blues and Gospel. Then sailing off with three fantastic guys whose voices blended uniquely with my own. Unbelievably, we stormed the international music world, at the top of the charts. They say destiny happens when you’re making other plans, and that’s how it was,” Durham said.
“Judith Durham has one of the world’s purest voices, she has a rare musical gift and is one of Australia’s most esteemed cultural leaders. We couldn’t be more honoured to induct Judith into the 2019 AWMA Honour Roll where she will be joined by our inaugural recipient, the legendary Helen Reddy.” Vicki Gordon, AWMA Founding Executive Director and Executive Producer, said.
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