Paul Kelly has recorded over 21 studio albums as well as several film soundtracks (Lantana and the Cannes 2006 highlight, Jindabyne) and two live albums, in an influential career spanning more than thirty years.
He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997 and continues to cross musical boundaries. Songs From The South, a selection of his popular songs first assembled in 1997 and expanded to a double album in 2008, contains many of his songs now lodged deep in the Australian psyche. The triple j tribute album Before Too Long, released in 2010, featuring John Butler, Missy Higgins, Megan Washington, Paul Dempsey, Ozi Batla and many others is evidence of his influence on generations of musicians.
His first work of prose ‘How To Make Gravy’, a self described “mongrel memoir”, was published in 2010 and two years later, ‘Paul Kelly – Stories Of Me’, a feature-length documentary was released. For the first time on film, Kelly spoke candidly about the people who have helped shape his life and music.
In 2014, Paul took an innovative direction and released Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions – a soul revue record featuring Clairy Browne, Vika and Linda Bull, Dan Sultan, Kira Puru and himself.
On 23 April, 2016 – the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death – Paul released Seven Sonnets & A Song. The record features Paul singing lead vocals on six of Shakespeare’s sonnets and a song from Twelfth Night. The only non-Shakespearian piece is ‘My True Love Hath My Heart’, written by his contemporary Sir Philip Sidney and sung by Vika Bull.
2017 saw the release of Life Is Fine – one of Kelly’s strongest and most evocative albums, where Kelly fires up with a band of long-time musical friends and delivers a record that crackles with an energy reminiscent of his finest 80’s recordings.
Last year he was appointed as an officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the performing arts and to the promotion of the national identity through contributions as a singer, songwriter and musician.