Dane Sharp is an Australian singer/songwriter, filmmaker, writer and former professional soccer player. Signing a Recording Contract in 2007 with record label Touchwood Productions, Sharp began a business relationship with the Record Labels owner and producer Duncan Wood which has led to them working together on a variety of music and film productions.
Originally from the small New South Wales coastal town of Nelson Bay, Sharp began his professional football career in 1989 which led to him playing in England, Austria, United States and Australia until a series of knee injuries forced him into early retirement which eventually led to a new career in music.
Touchwood Productions released Sharp's debut studio album Nothing To Lose in 2008 and released five radio singles in which four charted in the Top 40 country music charts with the single "One Way Ride" being the highest entry reaching number 6. In Jan 2012 Dane was named Patron of Camp Autism Qld. In 2013 Sharp along with producer Duncan Wood wrote and recorded the theme song for the Australian National Deaf Soccer Team titled "Our Time to Fly" which was used as the theme song for the team at the Asian Pacific Football championships.
Leaving Australia at 16 Sharp left to trial with English Premier League Club Queens Park Rangers on recommendation from ex QPR legend and scout Bobby Cameron who was living in Australia at the time. Sharp earned a six month contract which saw him make 5 appearances for the reserve side which included a friendly against Canada. After six months the club sent Sharp to English third tier side Plymouth Argyle until he ran into work permit problems forcing a return home to Australia.
After a season back in Australia with Sydney City an agent organised trial in Austria led to a 2 year contract with SV Horn. Returning to Australia after a season with NSL club Adelaide City Sharp had an unsuccessful spell in the USA with MISL team The Tacoma Stars before eventually being transferred back to hometown club Newcastle. After a bright start a series of serious knee injuries and a lengthy lay off later saw him reduced to only a squad player for the remainder of his contract before being released. Moving to the WA State league further knee injuries brought a premature end to his playing career.
Sharp married Jacqui Wong a physio he met whilst playing for Newcastle at a ceremony on the Central Coast NSW in 2000.They have three boys Indigo, Tashi and Thierry and live in Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast Hinterland QLD. Dane is also the cousin of Peter Sharp the former NRL coach of Manly Sea Eagles and Cronulla Sharks.
Playing Football professionally in Austria Sharp shared a unit with a Swedish interior designer and began guitar lessons not knowing at the time it would have a big influence on his music career. After suffering serious knee injuries back in Australia Sharp found time to concentrate on song writing and guitar. Several years were spent honing his skills playing bars, restaurants and pubs until making a decision to take out a loan in 2006 to cut an independent album.
A trip to Nashville, Tennessee to play and write the album at the same time by luck and chance saw Sharp perform on Tennessee TV to over one million viewers. On return Wood reworked the bulk of the record and Sharp's first studio album produced by Duncan Wood titled Nothing To Lose was released in Feb 2008 under the Touchwood label.
In 2010 Sharp and Touchwood producer Duncan Wood signed a contract to write and produce a controversial documentary titled. The Turning Point of the Game which is a film on the life of Sharps former colleague from Sydney City Abbas Saad who was caught up in one of the biggest match fixing scandals in Asian Football history and who was subsequently banned for life. The film also features Fox Football pundit Andy Harper,Former Socceroo and SBS Chief Football Analyst Craig Foster,former Socceroo Alistair Edwards, Ex Lion and Singapore Lions National team coach Fandi Ahmad, Ex Lions players David Lee and Malek Awab and the world leading expert on Match Fixing Declan Hill.
On the 20th anniversary of the Singapore Lions Football Team winning the Malaysia Cup in 1994 comes a story of one man's journey to find the truth and unlock a piece of history. Abbas Saad scored a hat trick in the 4 nil win over Pahang taking him to hero status which was to come crashing down a few months later when he was charged and banned for life for match fixing in one of Asian football's most controversial cases.
The turning point of the game: The Abbas Saad story is a not only a biographical piece but the personal journey and search across the world for ex-team mate Michal Vana who to this day still sits in the top three of Singapore's most infamous fugitives. Michal Vana is the only man that knows the real truth behind the scandal but escaped Singapore amid the match fixing allegations which saw Abbas left to take the blame. Not your usual Football story this is the journey to find the missing truth that would clear a man's name once and for all almost 20 years on.
"Film release and reception"
The film was released to critical acclaim and high ratings early 2015 and shown on Asian TV station Astro Supersport weekly for the month of March. Opinions with both the audience and media were divided as Sharp and producer Duncan Wood retraced the steps of the Abbas Saad scandal back to 1994 in an attempt to clear his name and show the origins of match fixing in world football today.
"The Turning Point of the Game" brand which looks at offbeat and unusual football stories from around the world has been turned into an ongoing series and currently has further installments in pre-production.
In 2010 Sharp signed with Darren Scott's internet based Channel C as guest host.
In 2010 through Touchwood Productions and producer Duncan Wood, Sharp began work on the documentary "The Turning Point of the Game" which is the life story and inside look at the controversial career of ex footballer Abbas Saad.
In 2011 Touchwood Guitarist Don Macarthur and Sharp launched Sharpy's HBTV (Home Brew TV) a look behind the scenes in Sharps musical career.Nothing To Lose (2008)
Nothing To Lose
Alone in the RSL
Another Star in the Sky
One Way Ride Reached Number 6 on Hot Country Charts
Time for Love A duet with Caroline Taylor-Knight