Andrew Swift

Andrew Swift has released 3x ARIA #1 albums and garnered 3x CMAA Golden Guitar Awards – most recently Male Artist of the Year 2023. Accolades have come thick and fast for loveable troubadour, Andrew Swift, since his foray into Country music some years ago.

A year after his appearance as a top ten finalist in the renowned Toyota Star Maker competition, his ARIA #1 debut album, ‘Call Out For The Cavalry’, cemented him as one of Australia’s most discerning storytellers. Its tales of Runaway Trains and Reckless Desires earned him a whopping 4 Golden Guitar nominations in 2019 – not bad for an upstart – from which he took home gongs for Alt Country Album of the Year and New Talent of the Year.

His sophomore effort, ‘The Art of Letting Go’, came three years later, after a signing with ABC and a whirlwind of touring alongside some of the genre’s biggest names – The Wolfe BrothersCatherine Britt and Shannon Noll, to name a few.

The second record debuted again at #1 on the ARIA Australian Country chart and became the 5th highest selling Australian Country Music album in 2021. Hits like ‘Head Full of Honey’ and ‘Say The Word’ spun light-hearted stories of courtship and calamity through a sonic lens that pushed the boundaries of the genre.

Swift’s latest album, ‘Lightning Strikes and Neon Nights’ – which debuted at #1 on the ARIA Australian Country Chart upon its release on April 28, 2023 – is his most daring yet. Produced by the incomparable Matt Fell (Troy Cassar-Daley, Fanny Lumsden), it mixes Swift’s signature grit with retro soundscapes and contemporary rhythms. Nostalgic tales of ‘Young Lovers’, reminiscing on ‘The Good Old Days’ are what Swift refers to as “the lightning strikes”. While songs that detail Country music’s wilder side, like ‘Cheap Liquor’ and ‘Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em’ light up like neon nights.

Adorned in tattoos, sporting a bushy beard and ball cap, he looks like someone who might be passionate about craft beer or 18-hour smoked brisket. But don’t let that rough exterior fool you. He’s not a BBQ pit master – although he can whip up some mean nachos – he’s a bonafide Country songsmith… and a real sweetheart.

Despite his meteoric ascent he’s immensely passionate about helping those following in his footsteps. “If they can learn from my mistakes, I’m always happy to help,” he smiles. It’s this same compassion that earned him the mantle of official ambassador for Gundagai’s Dog on the Tuckerbox.

Described as “… an Australian songwriting heavyweight – with a powerfully evocative voice to match” by Country Update, Swift is undoubtedly a force to reckoned with. Both a wayward vagabond and a sweetheart, his songs brood on gut-wrenching heartache and revel in limitless joy. He’s a master performer and one hell of a guy.