|Birth name Jean Stafford|
Record label EMI
Name Jean Stafford
|Years active 1965 - present.|
Instruments Vocals, guitar
|Born January 1, 1950 (age 65)Latrobe,Tasmania, Australia (1950-01-01) |
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter, Paintist.
Labels Hadley Records, EMI, Universal Music
Role Musical Artist · jeanstafford.com.au
Albums Let The Dance Begin, Flowers For Mama
Genres Country, Western swing, Gospel music
Associated acts Kitty Wells, Johnnie Wright, Dolly Parton, Smoky Dawson, Jimmy Little, Slim Whitman
Similar People Shirley Thoms, Smoky Dawson, Gordon Parsons, Reg Lindsay, Buddy Williams
Jean Stafford born at Latrobe, Tasmania) is an Australian country music artist. She has won three Golden Guitar awards and received two ARIA nominations. In 1989 Jean was officially crowned Australia's Queen of Country Music by Smoky Dawson. Jean Stafford is known as The Golden Voice of Country worldwide for her hit song Someday I'll Take Home The Roses released in 1982. Jean has received many honours and awards, including the key to the city of Nashville, Tennessee. Jean is the most awarded female country music singer in Australia. During the late 80s and early 90s Jean was a regular on the Midday Show hosted by Ray Martin
Born at Latrobe, Tasmania in 1950 she spent her childhood in a small locality area of Meander Valley in Northern Tasmania. Raised by her mother and stepfather, Jean later in life discovered that her biological father was a Navajo Native American.
Jean has three children all of which live in Tasmania near the town of Bernie .
Awards and honors
Jean Stafford has won the Country Music Awards of Australia's 'Golden Guitar' award for Female Vocalist of the Year three times: in 1975 she became the first Australian-born artist to win this award, for the song she recorded written by Loretta Lynn What Kind of a Girl (Do You Think I Am)?, then in 1980 for Hello Love, and in 1981 for That Glory Bound Train.
In 1979, Jean was inducted into the 'Australian Country Music Hands of Fame'.
In 1991, she was given the 'Keys to the City of Nashville' and appointed 'Honorary Citizen' of the state of Tennessee by Governor Ned McWherter for services to Country Music in America.
2016, Mo Awards Jean was awarded with a Mo Award for 'Best Female Country Performer'
In recognition of her significant contribution to Australian country music, in 2008, Stafford was inducted into The Country Music Roll of Renown. The plaque reads:
Jean is one of our outstanding stars. Coming to prominence during the 1970s and '80s, she learnt her craft singing at hotels, country halls and dances. Recording initially with Dusty Rankin in 1965, Jean released her debut solo album in 1974, the song What Kind Of A Girl Do You Think I Am? winning the first of her three Golden Guitars and setting Jean on the road to stardom. From Northern Tasmania to Tamworth and Nashville, it has been a triumphant journey for the silver voiced girl who made her first public appearance at the age of 12. With many awards, honours and accolades to show for her long and illustrious career, we salute Jean Stafford as one of Australian country music's finest and most enduring talents.