It is happy birthday today to Australian singersongwriter Luke Steele (1979-).
Australian musician Luke Steele is one half of the electronic pop duo Empire of the Sun and is also the founder of rock band The Sleepy Jackson. Steele was born in Perth into a family of talented musicians. In 1998 at the age of 19 he formed the band The Sleepy Jackson. The group first featured Steele on vocals and guitar, his brother Jesse on drums and Mathew O’Connor on bass. In 2001, on the verge of signing with EMI records, Jesse and O’Connor decided to quit the band. After recruiting three new members, Steele and the group relocated to Sydney and recorded the EP Let Your Love Be Love in 2002. They toured extensively in 2003 and recorded their debut album Lovers. In 2006 the band released its second album Personality — One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird, which debuted at Number 10 on the ARIA Albums Charts and was nominated for a J Award by radio station Triple J. After years of collaborating, Steele and Pnau band member Nick Littlemore then decided to join forces and created electro-glam-pop duo Empire of the Sun in 2007. The duo’s debut album Walking on a Dream was released in 2008 and peaked at number six on the ARIA Charts. The title track also became a hit. At the 2009 ARIA Awards, Empire of the Sun won album of the year, best pop release, single of the year and best group. In 2013 the duo released its second album Ice on the Dune, which included the lead single Alive. In 2014, Empire of the Sun headlined Sandance in Dubai’s Atlantis. Steele and his wife Jodi have a daughter named Sunny Tiger.