Artist feature

Dean Perrett

Authentic traditional Australian country sound,

There is an old saying “write and sing about what you know”, and having been raised and still working on the family cattle property "Bowenfels", a soul of pure country is a natural thing.  

Dean’s credibility as a writer of Australian Bush Songs goes unquestioned.  When not making music, he is in the saddle on his family’s Queensland cattle property.  Just like Dean, the songs he writes and sings, are very authentic and genuine.  This is why the great Australian music genre, the Bush Ballad, is so important to him.  
Over the last 30 years, Dean has gained his place as one of Australia’s favourite Bush Balladeers and leading traditional Country Artists.
 

More about Dean

Dean Perrett

Dean and his sister Kerri recorded their first album “Australia She’s Mine” in 1989.  That first album gave Dean a love for recording and production.  Since then Dean has released a stable of great traditional Country and Bush Ballad albums. With the release of Dean’s 2018 album “Earn Your Spurs”, his tally of albums now stands at sixteen.

Dean's recording resume is compiled with some of the greats like Stuie French, Michael Vidale and Larry Maars (USA), and also has many great names playing on his albums from both Australia and Nashville, Tennessee.

Gospel music is also very true to Dean’s heart and with the release of his Bluegrass Gospel Album, “The Shelter of the Cross” in October 2013, Dean got to showcase another of his great musical loves, Gospel and Bluegrass.

Artists such as Lee Kernaghan, Anne Kirkpatrick and Troy Cassar-Daley have such respect for Dean’s music that each of these artists has recorded duets with Dean on his albums.

January 2012 saw Dean added to a very exclusive list of Golden Guitar winners when he was awarded Bush Ballad of the Year for his emotive duet with Lee Kernaghan, “Channel Country Ground”, followed by a further 2 in January 2015. One for Bush Ballad of the Year for “Bloodwood and Clover,” and the second for Vocal Collaboration of the Year for the duet, “My Country My Land” recorded and co-written with Troy Cassar-Daley.

Dean’s 4th Golden Guitar win in 2018 was for Bush Ballad of the year with "Henbury Blues" written by Neville Anderson.  Dean’s latest golden guitar win was with the legendary Songwriter Kelly Dixon & Chanel Country Cattle Transporter/Owner Ryan Garland for a co-write in “Six Decks to Darwin’ in 2020.

In 2015 Dean was given the honour of being inducted into the Australian Country Music Hands of Fame.

Dean has performed at major festivals around Australia as well as touring with his own show across many locations nationwide.

His music is traditional yet fresh and modern.  With a sound that is uniquely his own brand, Dean is set to make great Australian Country music well into the future.

Albums

1989 - Australia She's Mine
1999 - Kings in Grass Castles
2001 - The Real Thing
2003 - All Set & Saddled
2004 - Keep on the Sunnyside
2005 - My Saddle Bag Dreams
2006 - New Traditions

2007 - Return of the Stockman
2008 - A Thousand Campfires
2011 - Cattle Town
2013 - My Bush Heritage
2013 - The Shelter of the Cross
2014 - I'm the Land

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Awards

Country Music Awards of Australia

The Country Music Awards of Australia (CMAA) (also known as the Golden Guitar Awards) is an annual awards night held in January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, celebrating recording excellence in the Australian country music industry. They have been held annually since 1973

YearNominee / WorkAwardResult
2012"Channel Country Ground" (by Dean Perrett & Lee KernaghanBush Ballad of the YearWon
2015"My Country, My Land" (by Dean Perrett & Troy Cassar-Daley)Vocal Collaboration of the YearWon
2015"Bloodwood & Clover" by Dean PerrettBush Ballad of the YearWon
2015HimselfHands of FameImprinted
2018"Henbury Blues" by Dean PerrettBush Ballad of the YearWon
2021"Six decks to Darwin" by Dean PerrettBush Ballad of the YearWon
2023"Out On Killarney" by Dean PerrettBush Ballad of the YearWon

Tamworth Songwriters Awards

The Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA) is an annual songwriting contest for original country songs, awarded in January at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. They commenced in 1986. Dean Perrett has won eleven awards

YearNominee / WorkAwardResult
2002"The Shelter of the Cross" by Dean PerrettGospel Song of the YearWon
2004"Hold On to Jesus" by Dean PerrettGospel Song of the YearWon
2005"No Greater Friend" by Dean PerrettGospel Song of the YearWon
Gospel Song of the YearWon
2011"The Shepherd's Fold" by Dean PerrettGospel Song of the YearWon
2012"There's Room at the Cross" by Dean Perrett and Sherry FosteGospel Song of the YearWon
2014"Hilda's Rest" by Dean PerrettCountry Song of the YearWon
Country Song of the YearWon
2015"Coopers Creek" by Dean PerrettTraditional Bush Ballad of the YearWon
"Fear God" by Dean PerrettAlt. Blues and Bluegrass of the YearWon
"The Lighthouse" by Dean PerrettGospel Song of the YearWon