The Songwriter Series presents
Born into a musical family in the bush country of Temagog, Australia, Robinson began playing guitar when he was just nine years old, eagerly exploring the Internet to expand and deepen his craft. At the age of 13 he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition, and at 15 released his first collection of original material. A monumental achievement followed when he won first place on the “Australia's Got Talent” television show. It came with a $250,000 grand prize.
In 2008, Robinson was invited to come to Nashville by his mentor and inspirational savant Tommy Emmanuel. In 2009, he was awarded the Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World award at the World Championship of Performing Arts in Hollywood, where no less than 70,000 contestants vied for the top prize. Robinson’s essential influences cannot go unnoticed–he has been able to tour with many of his mentors who have inspired him to reach ever-higher as a singer, songwriter, musician, performer, and recording artist. He continues to tour and play dates with Emmanuel as well as with Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris.
Robinson's popularity has rapidly grown as he continues to tour nationally and internationally, treating audiences to his rare virtuosity on guitar and his beautiful singing voice. His fluid and inimitable style has delighted audiences around the world, garnering high praise and prestigious awards from the international music community.
All this inspiration surrounds Robinson and informs his creativity. “The more I play music, the less I need to think about it. The less I need to think about it, the more I feel that I can dedicate myself to experiencing the undertones of harmony, rhythm, melody, rhyme and narrative.”
Here’s Joe Robinson in 2019 playing “Mindless:
Watch as “Smokin’ Joe Robinson” wins Australia’s Got Talent as a 16-year-old: