Born in Benalla Victoria and raised in South Australia, Champs is Australia’s leading writer of AFL and cricket songs, penning several musical comedy hits since the early 80s.
His musical diversity however, extends beyond sports fields to include more moving and descriptive songwriting capturing the emotion of Australian life in the way that John Williamson, Eric Bogle and Ted Egan are renowned for.
Growing up in Adelaide, Champs moved to Melbourne in 1979.
By 1980, he had met with success and his career took off as front man with ground-breaking Melbourne rock bands The Fabulaires and The Young Homebuyers, performing with Australian legends Wayne Burt (Black Sorrows, JoJo Zep), JJ Hackett (Stars, Mondo Rock) and, later in the ’80s, with Wayne Duncan and Ross Hannaford, both of Daddy Cool.
In 1983, Champs drifted into radio with the now legendary Coodabeen Champions, who have since become a sports radio institution on commercial and ABC radio over an amazing thirty years.
Parallel to his parody and comedy work and growing reputation as a radio personality and entertainer, Champs rose to national prominence in 1986 with the release of the single I Made a 100 In The Backyard At Mum’s.
This song soon became widely-loved and was then chosen as the leading track on the first Australia All Over album compiled by ABC’s Ian McNamara, which sold over 150,000 copies.
In 1995, Channel 7 took up Greg’s anthem That’s The Thing About Football as a theme for their AFL broadcasts over several years.
Forging his own distinctive path through the Australian musical landscape, it’s been said of Champs that he has contributed to the fabric of Australian culture, as is evidenced by the Country-Folk albums he’s released since 2000. These albums explore with depth and tenderness what it means to be Australian.
Small Town Romance
Small Town Romance are the kind of good-time old-school country band who continue to collect fans of the real-deal country..
Through their recent success on TV show ‘The Voice’ – where the band made it through the blind audition (turning..
The Toombs Brothers
Collectively and individually, Andy and Duncan Toombs have toured and performed nationally and internationally with the cream of Australia’s country..
The HillBilly Goats
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The French Family
When 2017 Golden Guitar Winner (Instrumental of the Year) guitar wiz Stuie French was touring Australia with Merle Haggard in..
The Viper Creek Band
Since early 2011, The Viper Creek Band have been delivering an exciting new sound and high energy, seamless live performances..
Ruby Saltbush takes to the high seas to play some sweet and soulful harmonies. Hailing from Deniliquin in NSW, where..
The Buckleys are a chart topping teenage sibling trio from Australia. Having toured internationally and won 2 American Songwriting Awards,..
Carly & Roo Mackerras
Carly Mackerras is 19 years old and she started singing around the house as a toddler; and just wouldn’t stop…