One of Australia’s greatest songwriters Andrew Farriss is known as a co-founder and the main songwriter, keyboardist/guitarist, and backing vocalist for multi award winning iconic band INXS.
To date, INXS sold well over 50 million records. Other accolades include 10 Australian Top 10 Singles, 7 U.S. Top 10 Singles, 3 Grammy nominations, a BRIT Award (for Best International Group), 5 MTV Music Video Awards, 7 ARIA Awards and elevation into the ARIA Hall of Fame. INXS worked in over 50 countries touring throughout their career, and have influenced many younger bands such as Matchbox 20, The Killers, Train, Walk the Moon, And The 1975.
In 2015, Andrew Farriss was awarded a Coombs Fellowship with The Australian National University in Canberra, where he lectured and mentored students, culminating in the Soundbites Concert where Andrew shared the stage with ANU student musicians. Andrew was honored as an AM, which means Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day January 26, 2020.
Never stepping away from being a creative songwriter Andrew has spent time writing for himself and others in Nashville and Australia over the past 10 years, and has now embarked on a solo career. Offering for his first release Come Midnight, which has topped charts on radio stations all over Australia. His forthcoming solo album is a collection of eclectic songs with a unique blend of Rhythm, Roots and Country influences. His self-titled debut album is set for release in May 2020.
Farriss has also been performing making appearances at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, The Hay Mate Drought Relief Concert, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the 2020 Golden Guitar Awards, playing on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the opening of the 2016 Australia Day Celebration, as well as making special guest appearances on stage with Rob Thomas, Yothu Yindi, Jon Stevens and many other artists .
In his personal life, Andrew has owned a farm in the Tamworth area for over 28 years, where he and his wife Marlina are based, and has 3 grown children, Grace, Josephine, and Matthew.