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Kev Carmody Kev Carmody i(A57640 works by) (a.k.a. Kevin Carmody)
Born: Established: 1946 ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Irish ; Aboriginal
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Songwriter and composer Kev Carmody, of Aboriginal and Irish descent, grew up on a cattle station near Goranba, Queensland. At the age of ten he was removed from his parents and sent to a Christian school. He later returned to rural Queensland where he worked as a labourer for 17 years.

At the age of 33 Carmody began studying at university, later progressing to work on a PhD on the history of the Darling Downs between 1830 and 1860. His music career began during this phase of his life and he subsequently became a travelling singer/songwriter touring Australia and the world. Carmody's songs have been covered by various artists including Paul Kelly and his album Cannot Buy My Soul was shortlisted in the 2007 Deadly Awards, Album Release of the Year.(Source: Carmody's website)

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Personal Awards

2013 winner Don Banks Music Award for outstanding contribution to Australian music.
2009 Queensland Greats Awards Nationally and internationally renowned singer and songwriter Kev Carmody has worked tirelessly as an Aboriginal advocate promoting awareness of Indigenous issues through his music and academic achievements. Kev has released seven critically acclaimed albums and as a tribute to his songwriting skills, has had an album recorded by some of Australia’s most prominent recording artists. In 2008 Kev was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Southern Queensland and in 2009 was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Kev continues to inspire people with his passionate songwriting and storytelling, and for his years of service as educator, writer and producer.
2007 winner Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards Album Release of the Year For Cannot Buy My Soul
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