Ian began performing at age six playing brass music, with a mother whose own London-trained classical background nurtured and honed his natural vocal abilities. At a young age Ian performed at iconic locations such as the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Entertainment Centre and the Myer Music Bowl, it was a natural environment that became a passion and his career.
At age seven Ian was playing guitar and performing live. From age 9 -15 Ian was mentored by the then principal trombonist and conductor from the Sydney symphony orchestra in the art of B flat trombone, Mr Ron Prussing. Ian went on to join his first band and begin song writing as a teenager. He “got a real job” to support his music art form, working at David Jones in menswear sales, followed by a plumbing apprenticeship back in the day, but music/entertainment industry has always been Ian’s life and livelihood.
The 1992 Joshua Brave album “Slave to None” – with Ian as lead singer – was produced by Jim Bonnefond (Hall & Oates and Meatloaf). The album stayed at in the top 10 for over 8 weeks on local charts.
Alongside his vocal abilities, Ian’s theatre credits include Rebecca, Les Miserables, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, and A Rare Jewell at the re-opening of Newcastle’s Civic Theatre where he performed original material. Ian also wrote, recorded and produced original music for the introduction and conclusion of Dein Perry’s show Tap Dogs. Following this, Dein Perry comissioned Ian to write and record 2 tracks for the Fox searchlight release of the movie Bootmen scoring a role as cast and 2 tracks “Preacher” and “Freebound” in the soundtrack.
More recently Ian’s second solo release album, Earth day, has received radio airplay, national video exposure and has been used for music education courses in high schools. Ian is always writing, always recording and always keeping up to date with his industry contacts and latest industry trends.
Ian is currently writing and recording a new album and continuing to perform up and down the East Coast of Australia, doing acoustic takes of the classics thrown in with some original material.