Paul Kelly has recorded twenty studio albums as well as several film soundtracks (Lantana and the Cannes 2006 highlight, Jindabyne) and two live albums, in an influential career spanning more than thirty years. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997.
Songs From The South, a selection of his popular songs first assembled in 1997 and expanded to a double album in 2008, contains many of his songs now lodged deep in the Australian psyche.
He continues to cross musical boundaries. The triple j tribute album Before Too Long, released in 2010, featuring John Butler, Missy Higgins, Megan Washington, Paul Dempsey, Ozi Batla and many others is evidence of his influence on generations of musicians.
His first work of prose How To Make Gravy, a self described 'mongrel memoir', was published in 2010 with Penguin and is accompanied by a CD box set of live recordings and an audio book with readings from Paul and some of Australia's finest actors Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Judy Davis and Ben Mendelsohn.
The book, the audio book and the A-Z recordings now make up a unique app. An app which in Paul's words is "the closest thing to how I imagined the book to be - something that sings and talks and plays."
In August 2012, 'Paul Kelly - Stories Of Me', a feature-length documentary premiered in Melbourne. Distributed by Madman Films, the documentary is an intimate portrait of the very private man behind the music. For the first time on film, Kelly speaks candidly about the people who have helped shape his life and music. Featuring rare archival footage, 'Paul Kelly - Stories Of Me' also unveils newly recorded live performances, as well as interviews with family members, former and current band members, music contemporaries and music media.
In October 2012, he released a solo album entitled 'Spring And Fall', a song cycle which tells a love story from multiple points of view.
Paul Kelly's most recent album 'Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions' - a soul record - was released in December 2014. Paul assembled his touring band and an exciting group of singers to record a set of new songs as well as one old classic. The tracks were performed live in the studio by Clairy Browne, Vika and Linda Bull, Dan Sultan, Kira Puru and himself.
Paul Kelly, Kev Carmody
A Musical Performance
For many in this room, your initiatives began as nothing more than a little idea. But from little things big things grow. Paul Kelly's music provides inspiration for the community sector. Each small idea could blossom into something much bigger. Nothing is 'too small'.