Rob’s Career in a Snapshot
Rob has performed from solo/duo up to nine-piece bands playing in many venues. He started his touring career with the Blues Brothers Revival Band which took him to Tasmania and New Zealand and also included every city and outback town in and across Australia. One of the highlights with the Blues Brothers was playing the main river stage at Brisbane World Expo ‘88. Later he teamed up with friend Keith Urban and continued touring throughout Australia.
After this was a stint on Great Keppel Island which saw Rob as a liaison with some of Australia’s best known acts such as Michael Hutchence & INXS. On return to Brisbane Rob became musical director and piano player for Park Avenue (Bette Midler style cabaret show) as well as playing in Stevens’n Stephens (a renowned pub rock duo throughout Queensland). Rob continued his music success by teaming up with Jenny Balmer, a musical collaboration that took them into the recording scene, culminating in their original album “All That Matters’. With six of the tracks written, arranged, and produced by Rob. Extensive promoting of this album took them through Asia, Christmas Island, and Nuigini. The album was nominated and successful with a win for Top Country Album of the year and also reached the Top 6 nominations for Country Single of the year with ‘Going, Going, Gone’ at the Queensland Recording Association Awards 1998.
From 2000, Rob continued his musical journey with the John McSweeney Shows, being musical director for some of the biggest names in Australia’s entertainment industry such as: Jean Stafford, Judy Stone, Little Patti, Johnny Chester, Lee Conway, Chad Morgan, Dean Vegas; as well as international acts such as: Kata Hay, and Joni Harms. Rob and the John McSweeney band won Country Group of the year in 2005 in the Entertainment of the Year Awards for Clubs in South Queensland.
Rob has also enjoyed many successful stints as a session player using his keyboard skills for some of the Countdown (Australia) acts such as: John Swan (Swannee), Brian Mannix (Uncanny X-Men), Scott Carne (Kids in the Kitchen), and The Chantoozies.
Rob has also been blessed to play piano/keyboards with Deva Premal and Miten at their Ecstatic Chant Retreat (have a look at the 'On the Road, Photo Blog' section titled 'April 21st - Australia and beyond 2008 part one' on Deva and Miten's website. You can also see more photos of Rob with Deva and Miten in his photo gallery page along with other photos of Rob in action over the years.
Some friends of Rob’s (Leisa and Ketub) have released a wonderful book called 'The Way Of The Natural Therapist' in which they asked Rob to write a chapter about his life, what inspires him and how he came to do what he does.
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