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It is happy birthday to­day to Australian singer­song­writer Luke Steele (1979-).

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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.

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Pic­ture: EPA/Peter Klaun­zer Luke Steele

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