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As lead vocalist of Australia’s first global chart-topping band The Seekers in the 1960s, Ms Judith Durham became Australia’s first international “pop princess”. The Seekers often outsold The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, with legendary hits like “Georgy Girl” (nominated for an Academy Award as Best Song in a Movie), “The Carnival Is Over” (statistically No. 30 in ‘UK Top 100 Best Selling Singles Of All Time’) and “I’ll Never Find Another You” (to date, more than 6 million hits on youtube!). The Seekers’ huge success put Australia on the international pop music map, and Judith became ‘Australian Of The Year 1967’ when The Seekers were all honoured by their country. Judith is acclaimed as a gifted and versatile musician; as a singer (fans travel half way around the world to hear that legendary golden voice in concert); as a pianist, both ragtime and classical (A.Mus.A.). Her exceptional talent as a lyricist and composer and poet (of inspirational and philosophical works) has been showcased in three powerful milestone self-penned albums ‘Hold On To Your Dream’, ‘Epiphany’ and ‘The Australian Cities Suite’. The healing power of her voice and compositions was also acknowledged at the World Congress Of Music Therapy in the UK in 2002, and she recited some of her poetry in her most recent DVD. Back in 2003 Judith celebrated her 60th birthday with her UK ‘Diamond Tour’ culminating at London’s Royal Festival Hall, which coincided with the international publication of Graham Simpson’s best-selling biography ‘The Judith Durham Story : Colours Of My Life’ (including personal tributes for Judith from many of her contemporaries such as Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, Barry Humphries AO CBE, Lynn Redgrave OBE, and Sarah Duchess Of York). In 2006, Judith was invited by rock star Daniel Johns to guest with Silverchair on the bonus download (“English Garden”) for their ARIA award-winning album ‘Straight Lines’. Behind the scenes Judith has been an egg-free vegetarian since 1968, advocating a lifestyle that is non-smoking, environmentally friendly, decaffeinated, teetotal, drug free and cruelty free. Through her website and her production company Musicoast® she enjoys a passionate involvement in recording, composing, music publishing and the entertainment industry. Judith has been National Patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Australia (MNDAA) since the death of her beloved husband, brilliant pianist Ron Edgeworth, from MND in 1994. She is also Patron of the Injured Nurses Support Group (INSG), the Small Miracles Foundation – and supports Yooralla’s disability services, and supports women through her association with the International Women’s Federation of Commerce & Industry (IWFCI). In her appearances with The Seekers, Judith supports The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, young people through Kids Under Cover and Variety Clubs, and The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. In 1995, The Seekers were inducted into the Australian Record Industry Association’s (ARIA) Hall of Fame, and in that same year Judith was honoured with the Medal of the Order Of Australia (OAM) for services to music, particular as an entertainer and composer. More recently Judith was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Governor General in 2003 for service to Australian society through music, and was honoured by Rotary International when she was invested as a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of her work on behalf of charities. In 2006, The Seekers were given the “Keys To The City” of Melbourne, linking them to the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. cont/ JUDITH DURHAM OAM PAGE 2 2011/12 brought celebrations of Judith’s 50th anniversary year in the music industry when Musicoast joined forces with Universal Music Australia for a bonanza of album releases and events: • In October 2011 the release of Judith’s self-penned album embracing in-depth compositions on a scale not attempted by Judith before and epitomises her God-given gifts which have resulted in her unparalleled success as an Australian musician globally; • For Christmas 2011, ‘Colours Of My Life – A 50th Anniversary Retrospective’ was released, with specially handpicked tracks from her albums through five decades; • The release in March 2012 of ‘The Australian Cities Suite’, a major work composed and sung by Judith, with the magnificent Orchestra Victoria under the baton of conductor and arranger Kevin Hocking. Royalties from the album will aid The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and the 400 charities they support, including the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Orchestra Victoria; • Also released in 2012 for the first time on CD and download was Judith’s legendary 1969 album ‘Gift Of Song’, a precious gift for all her fans who have waited so long for the opportunity to hear these rare tracks at their pristine best; • In August 2012, a 2CD box set ‘The Hottest Band In Town Collection’ featuring Judith’s two acclaimed trad jazz albums from the 1970s, recorded in San Francisco and London with her own trad jazz bands; • And for Christmas 2012, Musicoast/Decca releases ‘An ‘A Cappella’ Experience’ – 24 spiritual songs recorded in a studio setting on Sunday mornings with a bonus DVD ‘Up Close & Personal’, Judith’s spiritual ‘a cappella’ songs and poems at the Melbourne Recital Centre; • Judith has also celebrated her 50th anniversary in June/July 2012 with her one-woman show ‘Colours Of My Life’, which toured Australia, drawing on much-loved material recorded over five decades. The tour answered the pleas from fans around the globe to see Judith live on stage. To bring 2012 to a very fulfilling close, Judith, along with Athol, Keith and Bruce, are looking forward to their 50th Anniversary celebrations, with a cup of tea on December 3rd and a good time will be had by all. It will be a very happy 50th birthday to The Seekers on that day.

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