Born in Melbourne on 16 December 1980, Axle grew up on his family’s farm in country Victoria. While his dad toiled in the fields, his mother would drag Axle and his two older brothers out to live music shows and at home, someone would always be playing music somewhere; The sounds of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon or Creedence Clearwater were never far away.
Axle eventually moved to Melbourne to attend the prestigious VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) to study music and in 2003, he came to prominence as a contestant on the first series of Australian Idol (reaching the final 20). After being spotted on Idol, Network Ten hired him to front the television music show, Video Hits. Video Hits was, and still is, the highest rating music show on Australian TV and it gave Axle the opportunity to travel the world and interview the likes of Justin Timberlake, Oasis and Duran Duran.
In 2006 Axle returned to work on the family farm which allowed him to focus on his passion: making music. At the beginning of 2007, he packed up once again and this time moved to Sydney to launch his recording career after signing deals with Roadshow Music and Sony ATV Publishing.
In January, 2008, he released his debut single ‘I Don’t Do Surprises’ which came in at No.8 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Axle’s debut album ‘Losing Sleep’ was released in August 2008 and peaked at No.1 on the iTunes Album Music Chart. In 2008 Axle also became the ‘face’ of Marcs clothing fronting a six month national campaign featuring on everything from point of sale and bus backs to billboards all over the country.
In 2009 Axle joined the cast of Home and Away as rocker Liam Murphy who creates some waves in Summer Bay. On acting, Axle said at the time, “I’ve been taking classes for the last 18 months and it’s wonderful to be able to put it into practice. Home and Away has been very supportive, the pace of the show is very challenging and it’s been a fantastic opportunity for me to further my skills.”
Also in 2009 Axle continued to go from strength to strength hosting Channel 7’s prime-time hit show “Worlds Strictest Parents” and winning the prestigious ‘Cleo Bachelor of the Year’ Award!
In 2010 and 2011 Axle continues with Home and Away as well as focusing on writing for his new album. Axle travelled to Los Angeles in late 2010 and had the opportunity to write with some great US songwriters. Fast forward to April, 2011 and Axle’s getting set to release the first single – Sister Sunshine – from his upcoming album scheduled for the 2nd half of the year.
Written with LA producer/songwriter Dave Bassett, the incredibly catchy, Sister Sunshine, has already been picked up by Channel 7 for use in the promos for their up-coming show ‘Winners and Losers’ and was released on all digital outlets on Friday, 8 April, 2011.