Luke Kennedy is a versatile performer and recording artist who recently became the runner-up of the second season of international television phenomenon The Voice Australia. Luke’s appearances on the show led to him becoming the first artist to score a #1 single on the iTunes charts with his version ‘Time To Say Goodbye’. Seven of the eight songs he released during the show hit the iTunes Top Ten and he was also the first artist to have a Top Ten hit in the ARIA charts. All singles are currently available for download from iTunes, along with his brand new album A Time For Us, released by Universal Music.
Luke recently toured Australia as a special guest on Ricky Martin’s national tour, and in November 2013 toured tracks from his debut album on Australia’s east coast.
Tours: Prior to appearing on The Voice, Luke had extensive touring experience with The Ten Tenors and whilst on the road he performed shows in Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Peru, Norway, Germany, Russia, South Korea, the USA, Austria, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia. His numerous television appearances with the group include the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (broadcast to 32 million people), the Emirates Melbourne Cup, Channel 7 Telethon in Perth, Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight and 2012 UEFA Euro FanZone opening in Warsaw, Poland.
School band: Luke began his performance career writing music and gigging in local pubs and clubs with his high school band, and supporting Australian rock acts Jebediah, Killing Heidi, The Choir Boys, The Hoodoo Gurus, The Whitlams and Jimmy Barnes. Luke’s musical theatre credits include Les Miserables (Marius), Chicago (Mary Sunshine), Beauty and the Beast (The Beast), The Last Five Years (Jamie), Songs For A New World and Grease. Luke has also played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar in five productions around Australia over the past decade.
TV: He has appeared on the nationally televised Carols in the City in 2006, 2007 and 2010 for the Nine and Ten Networks and as a headline artist for Creative Generation in 2010, 2011 and 2012 for Network Ten.
The Voice: Auditioning for the second season of The Voice Australia in February 2013, at the Blind Audition Luke sang ‘Un Giorno Per Noi’ (‘A Time For Us’) to a standing ovation from all four coaches, before selecting Ricky Martin as his mentor. In addition to Luke’s #1 single ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, other highlights include a stirring version of John Farnham’s ‘Please Don’t Ask Me’ which went to #2 on the iTunes charts, and George Michael’s classic ‘Freedom 90’ at #3.