Luke O’Shea is the 2014 Australian Independent Country Music Artist of the Year, a singer songwriter, six-time Golden Guitar recipient and the current Country Music councillor for Music Australia. Luke has been a professional High School teacher for 25 years; he is married and a father of three who proudly supports regional Australia.
Luke has written a number of powerful Australian Defence Force anthems such as ‘Ragged Bloody Heroes’. This song features The Ode read by Luke’s father in-law Tom Stone, a decorated WWII veteran and is endorsed by the Department of Veteran Affairs in Canberra. The song also crossed the Tasman and was commissioned by the New Zealand RSA to commemorate their returned servicemen and was officially released at the New Zealand National War Memorial in Wellington. Both versions are set to moving video tributes featuring a number of decorated Australian and New Zealand WWII veterans.
Luke’s recent ANZAC tribute – the hard hitting, Three Brothers (The Great War), recently won the APRA Song of the Year and his third consecutive Heritage Song of the Year (the only other Australian artist to do this was the late Slim Dusty during the 80’s). The song is written to remind all Australians that ANZAC Day is a day of sombre commemoration - not celebration, highlighting the sacrifice and ongoing damage of war.
Luke’s father Charles (Rick) spent five years in the CMF Army Reserve and his uncle, William (Bill) O’Shea, after initially serving his national service, enlisted in the regular army to become a career soldier until his retirement at age 65.
Luke works very closely with a number of organisations supporting drought affected and struggling regional communities; he is an ambassador for and speaks on behalf of ‘Our Land Our Water Our Future’ at a number of educational forums across the country. “I am both proud and humbled to be an RSL DefenceCare Ambassador. As a husband and father of three I can fully appreciate the pressures and anxieties facing many working parents; but to combine these with the horrors and stresses experienced whilst serving abroad; I am determined to support - and if needed, to be that ear that simply listens - so that these remarkable Australians never feel abandoned or alone.” said Luke O’Shea, Ambassador, RSL DefenceCare.
RSL DefenceCare is proud to have Luke O’Shea as an Ambassador.
“Luke’s unique perspective as a son and family member of veterans and his passion for helping families affected by service for their country is heartfelt. RSL DefenceCare is proud to have such a successful and passionate individual as an Ambassador for our organisation,” said Robyn Collins, General Manager, RSL DefenceCare.