Artist feature

Roger Knox

"Country with an influence of aboriginal spirituality"

Roger Knox is an Aboriginal performer and has been entertaining people for over 50 years. Singing is a significant part of Aboriginal learning and culture and he acknowledges its importance in bringing people together for healing, self-awareness and the awakening of their heritage. Roger uses his voice to inspire, encouraging people to feel good, further encouraging them to strive to be the best they can be. 

About Roger Knox

Knox is from the Gamilaroi nation, part of the Aboriginal Australian community, and was born in Moree, New South Wales. Knox grew up in the Toomelah Aboriginal Mission near Boggabilla, which is near the border between New South Wales and Queensland.

Roger's earliest musical influences were from his Grandmother at the mission, where on Sundays she would sing gospel. Knox left the mission at 17 and moved to Tamworth, where he became a singer.

Initially shy to publicly perform, after winning the Starmaker Talent Contest in Tamworth in 1979 there was no turning back. Country personality Bryan Young spotted Roger and took him on the road with his travelling show.

Roger performs to this day at festivals and events all around Queensland and across Australia. With his blend of Aboriginal culture and country style musicianship, every performance is well worth seeing, and all are events that will be long remembered.

Albums

  • Stranger In My Land - Roger Knox & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts - 2013
  • Warrior In Chains - The Best of Roger Knox - 1998
  • Goin' on Still Strong - 2004
  • The Gospel Album - 1986
  • Give it a go - 1983

Awards

  • 2006 - Jimmy Little Award for lifetime achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait music
  • 2004 - Inducted into the Australian Country Music Foundation's Country Music Hands of Fame
  • 1993 - NAIDOC Artist of the year