James Reyne

James Reyne

Real Name:
James Michael Nugent Reyne
Born in Lagos, Nigeria to an Australian mother and an English father, James' family migrated to Australia in the early 60's, settling in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula area. Leaving law school to study drama at the Victorian College of the Arts, James' musical career initially took hold in the early 80's when he and some friends formed the band Australian Crawl.

With his prolific song writing and unique vocal style, James led Australian Crawl to the top of the Australian music scene. The band's popularity skyrocketed with all of their albums achieving top 5 status, winning numerous band, music and video awards, while James won hurrahs for the best male vocalist for 3 consecutive years. He also won acclaim as a songwriter - the song "RECKLESS" earning him a place in the league of homegrown greats.

Australian Crawl achieved a success that assured them a place in Australian music history.

After the band split in 1986, James spent some time in the United States and Europe, returning to Australia in 1988.
His first self-titled solo album went triple platinum and included three top 10 singles. In the following years James released two more solo albums, "HARD REYNE" and "ELECTRIC DIGGER DANDY", which mirrored the success of the first.

Being somewhat beguiled by the experience of working in an ensemble, James joined country music star James Blundell and recorded the classic Dingoes song "WAY OUT WEST" which exploded into the number 1 position on the Australian charts.

He next joined compadres Daryl Braithwaite, Jef Scott and Simon Hussey on the album "THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS", from which four top 10 singles were hewn.

James then returned to Los Angeles to record with renowned producer Stewart Levine, arriving back in 1995 with the CD "THE WHIFF OF BEDLAM".

In 1999 James recorded and released the CD "DESIGN FOR LIVING" with friends and brothers Scott and Brett Kingman.

Throughout his career James has appeared in several and varied theatrical, film and television productions and concert events, the more visible of these including "Return To Eden", "Tina; What's Love Got To Do With It?", television drama "State Coroner" and "The Little Shop Of Horrors".

2004 saw the completion of "Speedboats For Breakfast", released on Liberation Records, followed in 2005 with the special Liberation Blue acoustic series CD …"AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON"" which allowed James to revisit many of the above titles with little more than a lone acoustic guitar underpinning his most distinctive voice.

James toured Australia during 2005 – 2006, all the while writing and recording. For those with children, you may have seen two Children's book / CDs in stores where James' recordings come to life courtesy of Wendy Straw's illustrations. The first two books were Mr Froggy & Save The Bones For Henry Jones. The third book in this series, The Little Engine was released in June 2007. James also co-hosted (with Tracee Hutchison) DIG TV for ABC 2 during this period.

2007 saw the release of "EVERY MAN A KING", his eighth solo album.

Also in bands Spiff Rouch & Clutch Cargo.
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James Reyne Discography


ST. 941 James Reyne James Reyne (Album) Capitol Records ST. 941 New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
ST 791874 James Reyne Hard Reyne (Album) Capitol Records ST 791874 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
VOZCD2050LE James Reyne Electric Digger Dandy (Album) Virgin VOZCD2050LE Australia 1991 Sell This Version
4509980932 James Reyne The Whiff Of Bedlam(CD, Album) rooArt 4509980932 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
2068300008 James Reyne Live In Rio (Album) rooArt 2068300008 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
101890-2 James Reyne Design For Living (Album) Roadshow Entertainment 101890-2 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
BLUE076.2 James Reyne ...And The Horse You Rode In On! (Album) Liberation Blue BLUE076.2 Australia & New Zealand 2004 Sell This Version
LIBCD6093.2 James Reyne Speedboats For Breakfast(CD, Album) Liberation Music LIBCD6093.2 Australia & New Zealand 2004 Sell This Version
LIBCD9239.2 James Reyne Every Man A King (Album) Liberation Music LIBCD9239.2 Australia & New Zealand 2007 Sell This Version
BLUE155.2 James Reyne Ghost Ships(CD, Album) Liberation Blue BLUE155.2 Australia & New Zealand 2007 Sell This Version
LMCD0063 James Reyne One Quiet Night In Melbourne(CD, Album + DVD) Liberation Music LMCD0063 Australia & New Zealand 2007 Sell This Version
LMCD0094 James Reyne TCB(CD, Album) Liberation Music LMCD0094 Australia 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FREE 0002 James Reyne & Lin Buckfield James Reyne & Lin Buckfield - R. O. C. K.(7", Single) Freestyle Records (5) FREE 0002 Australia & New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
CP 1996 James Reyne Hammerhead (Single, Maxi) Capitol Records, EMI CP 1996 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
CDED 289 James Reyne Fall Of Rome (Single, Maxi) Capitol Records CDED 289 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
ED 316 James Reyne Rip It Up (Single) Capitol Records ED 316 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
CP 2052 James Reyne Heaven On A Stick(7", Single) Capitol Records CP 2052 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
SPRO-79344 James Reyne Motor's Too Fast (Single) Capitol Records SPRO-79344 US 1988 Sell This Version
CP 2159 James Reyne Always The Way(7", Single) Capitol Records CP 2159 Australasia 1988 Sell This Version
CDCP 2223 James Reyne House Of Cards (Single) Capitol Records, EMI CDCP 2223 Australasia 1989 Sell This Version
CP 2281 James Reyne Trouble In Paradise (Single) Capitol Records CP 2281 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
CP 2258 James Reyne One More River (Single) Capitol Records CP 2258 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
CP 2338 James Reyne Harvest Moon(7", Single) Capitol Records CP 2338 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
VOZCD098 James Reyne Slave (Single) Virgin VOZCD098 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
VOZCD114 James Reyne Any Day Above Ground (Single) Virgin VOZCD114 Australia 1991 Sell This Version

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