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Xavier Rudd Biography

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Born: 1978
Birth Place: Torquay, Victoria, Australia
Years Active: 2000 - present
Genres: Blues'n Roots, Alternative

Xavier Rudd is an Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was born in 1978 and grew up in Torquay, Victoria. He attended St. Joseph's College, Geelong. Rudd has developed a strong reputation for playing live performances at musical festivals and concerts in Australia, North America and throughout Europe. His following is particularly strong in Australia and in Canada, where he has recorded several albums. Many of Rudd's songs incorporate socially conscious themes, such as environmentalism and the rights of Aboriginal peoples. In addition to playing the yidaki in many of his songs, he has also included both Australian and Canadian Aboriginal vocals in some of his songs.

In 2002 he released his debut solo album, “To Let.” Rudd followed in 2005 with “Solace,” his first record distributed by a major label with distribution by Universal Music Australia. The album was recorded entirely on his own in Vancouver featuring his guitar, several didgeridoos, a wooden box, an array of slide and acoustic guitars and percussion instruments. “Solace” earned Rudd two ARIA Music Awards nominations for Best Breakthrough Artist (album) and Best Blues and Roots Album at the 2005 ceremony.

His third album, “Food in the Belly,” was issued in 2005 by Universal Music Australia and ANTI- in the U.S. Rudd again earned a nomination Best Blues and Roots Album at the 2006 ARIA Music Awards ceremony.

“White Moth” was released in 2007 on ANTI- and peaked at #30 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. “Better People” was released as the first single and the album earned Rudd his third ARIA Music Awards for Best Blues and Roots Album.

Rudd was joined by an array of guest vocalists who comprised a choir for his 2008 album, “Dark Shades of Blue.” He teamed with Izintaba, featuring bassist Tio Moloantoa and percussionist Andile Nqubezelo, to release the 2010 album, “Koonyum Sun.”