Jon Stevens’s remarkable career as a singer, songwriter and performer has spanned more than 20 years and reaped many achievements, including ARIA chart-topping success as the frontman of legendary Australian bands Noiseworks and INXS.
Stevens’s musical journey started off with success in his originating country, New Zealand, where he released his debut single and album, with two of the singles and the album all hitting number one.
After expanding internationally to record his second album in Los Angeles, Stevens performed alongside Elton John, which led him to cross paths with his future manager – who soon after relocated Stevens to Australia.
Once on Australian shores Stevens wasted no time, forming the rock band Noiseworks. Over the next five years the band successfully produced three Top 10 singles and four Australian Top 10 albums.
Following the success of Noiseworks, in 1992 Stevens decided to pursue opportunities on a different kind of stage – starring as Judas in the highly acclaimed and successful Australian musical production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar.
A studio collaboration in 2000 saw Stevens become part of rock band INXS as guest vocalist and embarked on a global tour, which included a 55-day engagement with the legendary Night of the Proms throughout Europe. Shortly after he was officially announced as the ‘seventh member’ of INXS.
Returning to his solo career, Stevens then forged ahead with new material in the studio, unleashing a further two solo albums – Changing Times and then Testify in 2011.
Now in 2013, Stevens will be fronting a brand-new project called The Dead Daisies, alongside Charlie Drayton, Marco Mendoza, Richard Fortus of Guns ‘n’ Roses, David Lowy, Clayton Doley and Alex Carapetis.
2013 will also see Stevens taking on the role of Pontius Pilate in the latest Arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which kicks off in May/June 2013.
Through his passion and tenacity, Jon has established himself as one of Australia’s finest performers, and one only needs to listen to a record or see him in his element – his live shows – to realise what has made Jon a spirited and gifted musical talent.
Cabarita Beach Sports Club on Saturday.