As per the largest music streaming service Spotify, there are approximately 1,300 music genres in the world. Norwegian Hip Hop, Swedish Reggae, and Spanish Punk are among the interesting ones. In addition, there’s Black Sludge, Math Rock, Vaporwave, and No Wave. And how could we forget Country Music?

If you’re from the 1940’s era, you must be a fan of Country Musics.

And if you’re looking for an incredible Country Musician, this article is just for you!

Aussie Country Musician: Lee Kernaghan

Lee Kernaghan was as prominent in Australian country music in the 1990s as Garth Brooks was in America. He is a leading singer, songwriter, and guitarist in Australia who is famed for his cowboy hat.

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Lee Kernaghan, performing during the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. Image source:

His debut single ‘Boys from the Bush’ was a smash. It was a celebration of the lifestyle that linked the hearts and minds of a generation of Australian rural workers. His music was country but rocked and the intro for the Australian Country Music era.

The son of country music singer and truck driver

Lee Kernaghan was born on 15 April 1964 in the Victorian town of Corryong. He was raised in southern New South Wales by his parents, mother Pam Kernaghan, and father, Ray Kernaghan. His father, Ray Kernaghan, is also an Australian country music artist. He sang throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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Lee Kernaghan and his parents. Image source: Instagram

As a result, Kernaghan has twelve gold and two platinum records to his credit. In 1995, he was nominated to the Australian Country Music Hands of Fame. Kernaghan was honored in the Australian Roll of Honour in 2015.

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He was also a truck driver. Therefore, Ray owned the world’s fastest truck Waltzing Matilda.

Lee Kernaghan was Hopelessly Lost

Kernaghan’s journey had not always been easy. He eventually found himself in the musical desert after winning the Starmaker award in 1982.

He remembers being on a high after Starmaker. Still, his debut single failed to make an impression on the radio, there was a failed record and management agreement somewhere in there, and before long, he and his band were back in Albury, NSW, looking for gigs.

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Lee Kernaghan’s old picture. Image source: Instagram

He says, Playing at the Carriers Arms Hotel in early 1990 was perhaps the darkest day. He set up his PA and began performing at 8 p.m., but no one showed up after a few hours.

At 11 p.m., the bartender told him he could leave, so he piled all of his belongings back into the little modified horse float he was towing, knowing that no one had shown up for his show, not even his mother!

Lee Kernaghan wife and Networth

The talented country musician is married to Robyn McKelvie in 1999. Lee Kernaghan and Robby were acquainted 17 years ago when they were scheduled to perform at the same event.

Robby knew little about country music at that moment, but Kernaghan had her in his band on tour within weeks. Over the years, the pair worked closely with two children, Rock Kernaghan, and  Jet Kernaghan.

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Lee Kernaghan’s wedding. Image Credit: Instagram 

Talking about his Net Worth, Lee has grossed a massive amount throughout his career. He holds a Net Worth of  $12 million. Most of his songs debuted at number one on the ARIA Country Albums chart.

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Furthermore, Lee Kernaghan won The award for Best Country Album at the ARIA Music Awards in 1993 and 1994 and has been nominated an additional eight times.

Moreover, He was awarded Australian of the Year in 2008. Kernaghan was instrumental in raising millions of dollars for drought relief and farmlands in Australia.

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