Nathaniel O'Brien

Sadly Nathaniel died in an automobile accident on Nov 8 2015.

See his Facebook page for more up to date information.

There is a collection of photos 2005 to 2015 here

Nathaniel O’Brien Bio update

Nathaniel Obrien and Kerry Blinman
Nathaniel with the Overall trophy presented by Kerry Blinman @ Manilla Country Music Festival 2014

Nathaniel wins “Senior “ARISTOCRATS” with Gina Timms

Nathaniel with “Australian Country Music People’s Choice Award” for MOST PROMISING FUTURE STAR
Nathaniel with “Australian Country Music People’s Choice Award” for MOST PROMISING FUTURE STAR

Eighteen-year-old Nathaniel O’Brien has returned home after a busy four weeks in Tamworth. After winning a scholarship through the CMAA (Country Music Association of Australia) Tamworth, Nathaniel attended the 2014 CMAA Australian Academy of Country Music – senior course from the 4th to 17 January. Nathaniel is a Graduate of the 2014 Senior Academy, and 2011 CMAA Junior Academy.
Nathaniel enjoyed the 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival, performing at several Shows. Throughout the Academy, Nathaniel was under the mentorship of many amazing artists and musicians including; Kevin Bennett, Amber Lawrence, Simon Johnson, Tamara Stewart, Peter Winkler, Brad Bergen, Pete Denahy, Kasey Chambers, Lyn Bowtell and Ashley Dallas.
Nathaniel was interviewed and sang for Channel 7 TV shows “Sunrise”, and “Weekend Sunrise”, and performed on the Fanzone stage & HQ stage situated in Peel St. Nathaniel was also interviewed for Radio and Newspapers across Australia, including “The Northern Leader” newspaper, and Tamworth’s Radio 2TM.
Nathaniel will be releasing his latest EP “Without You” mid 2014 (details will be announced soon.) Produced by Adelaide based producer Matt Hill from Hillside Studio’s (which was a part of his prize from winning “Adelaide’s next Superstar” competition in Sept 2012),the EP features three of Nathaniel’s originals in his unique and unmistakable vocal mastery. A video clip is being produced this year also of the title track, “Without You”, alongside renowned Adelaide producer, Trevor Worley.
The sound on this EP places Nathaniel firmly among the exciting young acts that are changing people’s perceptions of Country Music in Australia. Nathaniel can be described as being one of the most intimate and yet exciting power singers in the scene: he is dynamic! When he sings he has that rare ability to connect you emotionally and effortlessly impress with seem less vocal riffs as well as belting out those huge notes with velvet tonality and conviction. In my opinion, this defines him as one of our most versatile future contemporary country singers. He is a singer with finesse way beyond his 18 years.”
This determined young man from Rural South Australia has already achieved wins with two of his songs
APRA/Country Music SA Overall Winner Country Music Song of the Year 2013:- "Without You" APRA/Country Music SA Overall Winner Country Music Song of the Year 2012:- “Take Me Back”
Nathaniel’s Multi Awards during the 2014 Tamworth Festival
**A u s t r a l i a n • C o u n t r y • M u s i c • P e o p l e ' s • C h o i c e • A w a r d s**
*Most Promising Future Star Nathaniel O'Brien
**CCMA Senior overall champion**
Nathaniel O'Brien was announced as winner of the Senior Overall
Nathaniel O'Brien in Male Vocal Senior
Nathaniel & Tanya in Senior Group/Duo
**The Senior Aristrocrat Entertainer of the Year**
Nathaniel O'Brien won the senior title Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year 2014
**Manilla Grand Overall Winner**
1st Senior Male Vocal
1st Senior Australian Country
1st Senior Gospel
1st Open Songwriting
1st Open Duet
Nathaniel has shows booked for 2014 in SA, NSW, Norfolk Island and VIC. He was involved with the Adelaide Cabaret festival 2013 with Kate Cebrano, and has been one of four selected this year to create his own show for the 2014 Adelaide Cabaret festival.

For Bookings or CD’s available by ph: 0428 922 614

Nathaniel O’Brien (16yr old) has had an amazing year, starting with the “Junior Aristocrats Entertainer of the Year” at the Tamworth Festival in January 2012. Since then he has gone on to win several 1st and has now taken out the inaugural title as “ADELAIDE’s NEXT SUPERSTAR”, securing a $20,000 recording & video package and a trip to the 26th Aria Awards on the 29th Nov in Sydney at the Entertainment Centre. The organisers of this event were totally amazed by Nathaniel’s vocal ability, and said “The standard of talent that we have seen through the auditions, the (10) ten heats, (2) Semi Finals and the Grand Finals, has totally blow us away”. We were inundated with thousands of prospective contestants and had the dubious task of selecting 120 to vie for the Grand Final and the prise package” “We wanted this competition to be more that just that, we wanted to be able to nurture, coach, support and channel all this talent.” “Our aim is to make Adelaide the hive of Live Music Events, and take it back to it’s glory days of the 70’s and 80’s, before Poky machines. Nathaniel has a unique voice that will see him rise to be a Super Star, and he showed what he had to offer at the Grand Finals.

Nathaniel O'Brien
outside the Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Nathaniel O’Brien is fast becoming one of the most promising young country music singers in Australia. After having nearly two years break from singing, he has begun performing again, to take out; The Junior Overall; The Grand Overall; The Junior Victorian Champion of Champions, at the recent Mildura Country Music Festival.

This is not the first time that Nathaniel has taken out these prestige’s awards, he first achieved the title of Junior Victorian Champion of Champions, Overall Junior winner & Grand Overall winner back in 2008, only the second person to achieve this in the history of the Mildura festival. He has travelled the miles and competed against other highly successful competitors to take out firsts in both the Junior Vocal, and Country rock Section & third in the Australian Country. There’s no stopping Nathaniel now, as he continues to fulfil his dreams, and is looking forward to the challenges ahead this year and is determined to cement himself a place in the Australian Country Music arena.
Nathaniel hopes to gain a spot in Camerata next year as well as attend the 2011 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Nathaniel Says; “To be able to obtain the opportunity to attend Camerata would be a great experience and would be an extra stepping stone towards my future career of being a well established artist within the Australian Music industry.”

Since returning from Mildura, Nathaniel has performed with the Brighton Secondary School Concert Choir for the SANFL Grand Final, and he will be attending and singing as part of the Mental Health Awareness week.

After attending the St Arnaud Country Music Festival, where Nathaniel took out the overall, 1st duet, 1st Junior vocal, 1st Australian Country, he also was awarded the scholarship to attend Camerata Academy of Country Music in Tamworth. This is a dream come true, "said Nathaniel "Something I have wanted for a long time & for it to be really happening seems surreal".

In November Nathaniel took out the Title of South Australian Champ of Champs, which makes him a duel Champion for Victoria & South Australia. 
Tamworth 2011, has seen more accolades for this young singer, obtaining 5 out of 5 wins @ Manilla Country Music Festival (40kms out of Tamworth), & runner-up in the Overall.

He came 1st in the CCMA Open Duet, for the second time (He won this title in 2007 with sister Tracey Rains (TWO BLUES) & came 2nd in the Melinda Schneider Idol, after singing her song "He Still Calls Her Angel". On returning home, Nathaniel was delighted to receive a personal call from the Famous singer to invite him to be a support act for her when she is next in South Australia. "It was a totally amazing experience to sing on stage with Melinda Schneider's band backing me, & I can't wait to be given the opportunity to perform with her again". Said Nathaniel

To contact Nathaniel email: or phone: 0428 922 614

Check his Myspace site

Updated Feb 24 2011

See more info and updated Achieevments here (to Feb 2011)

Melody Feder and Nathanial with their Rocky Page and Cindy Shelton Awards because
they won the Senior and Junior Champion of Champions Quests Nov 2011

at Port Augusta 'Top of Gulf Festival 2008" where he won Junior Entertainer of the Year (photo by I Fisk)

A recent (Dec 2007) picture.

with Beccy Cole at the Southern CM Club Sept 2007

Nathaniel sang the National Anthem at an awards ceremony, held at Burra Community School, in front of the whole school & the Governor, Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson this morning, Monday 14th May 2007


Nathaniel with Grant Denyer and Karen O'Brien in Chan 7 Studio


Nathaniel and sister Tracey Rains with some awards mentioned above
(picture from their Mother Karen!)

Some of Nathaniel's Activities from 2003


Sept Mildura Country Music Festival

Two 1st's and a third as well as the Junior overall and Grand overall...and the Junior Victorian Champion of Champions

  • Sept Mildura Country Music Festival
    • 1st in the Juvenille 13yrs & under Vocal section,
    • 1st in the 16yrs & under Country Rock,
    •  2nd in the 16yrs & under Australian section
    • Overall Junior Winner,
    • Grand Overall Winner
    • Junior Victorian Champion of Champs
  • June Riverland Country Music Festival

    • 1st-13yrs & under Vocal
    • 1st-16yrs & Under Gospel
    • 2nd Open Duet
    • 3rd Australian Country
  • May Overall winner @ Pt Pirie Country Music Festival
  • April 27 - Top of the Gulf Junior Entertainer of the Year
  • Feb 9th `Guest Artist` Alcheringa `Royal Flying Doctor Fundraiser
  • 2008 Jan ~ TAMWORTH 17th~ Dunedoo Golf Club ~ Concert
  • 18th ~ Manilla Country Music Festival
  • 1st ~ Junior Vocal
  • 1st ~ Australian Country
  • 2nd ~ Open Duet
  • 2nd~ Junior Gospel
  • 2nd ~ Country Rock
  • 19th ~ Craig Giles Rising Star Concert Guest Artist
  • 21st ~Aristocrats Grand Finalist
  • 25th ~Jazzer Grand Finalist
  • CCMA ~Grand Finalist ~ Junior Gospel ~ Open Duet
  • Dec 16th - Carols @ Farrell Flat Street Fair
  • Dec 9th - Sang National Anthem for School End of Year Assembly
  • 02 Dec - Gawler Christmas Street Fair  Walkers Place Gawler, South Australia
  • Nov 17th - Live Interview -Adelaide mix102.3
  • Nov 12th - Live Interview- Mix102.3
  • Nov 10th - Mix 102.3 Search For A Christmas Star--- Adelaide

1 of 5 Finalists
Semi Finalist

  • Oct 26 - Blanchetown Country Music Camp Out Bindmurra Station
to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Oct 21st Finalist-Up in Adelaide’s Search for a Star

  • Oct 13 - Drought Relief Concert Clare Town Hall Main Street Clare S.A.
Drought Relief Concert, Nathaniel O’Brien & Tracey Rains Free Music, Free Dancing, BBQ. Free Bus To & From venue
  • 30 Sep 2007, 01:00 PM - Semaphore Music Festival Semaphore

SA Council of Country Music Showcase - Alison Hams, Mark Tempany, Nathaniel O’Brien, Tammy-Lee & Candy Latham

  • 19 Aug 2007, 12:00 AM - Gawler Country Music Club Munno Para Bowling Club Munno Para, South Australia
O'Brien Family singing as Guests @ the Gawler Country Music Club
  • 15 Aug 2007, 07:00 PM - RSL hall CLARE, South Australia
Floor Show & Entertainment , hosted by the O'Brien Family for the Volunteer’s Group
  • August 30th Semi-Finals at Cafe Fellini - through to Grand Final on October 21st at Festival Theatre
1st U13 Country Vocal Solo
  • July 29th Champions of Champions 2007 Solovian Club, Adelaide
Finalist of the Junior Champion of Champions 2007
  • 29 Jul - Davidson Brothers, Kristy Cox & Guest Nathaniel O'Brien 
NCMC Afford Rd Pt Pirie, South Australia
  • 18 May  - Kernewek Lowender  Ascot Theatre; Kadina
    Kadina, South Australia
Nathaniel   performing at the Variety Concert , Ascot Theatre, Kadina, as a part of entertainment for the Copper Festival (Kernewek Lowender)
  • 05 May 2007, 12:30 PM - Burra Antique   Market Square
    Burra, South Australia 5417
Nathaniel sang in the Town Hall
  • 14 May 2007, 11:00 AM - Burra Community School 
    Burra, South Australia
Singing National Anthem to the Governor General Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson
  •  Winner Heat 1 "Search for A Star" Cafe Fellini's Adelaide
  • 29 Apr 2007 - Country Music Concert in aid of Royal Society for the Blind  Munno Para Bowling Club
    Munno Para, South Australia
Charlie McCracken, Rob Edwards, Tracey Rains, Nathaniel O'Brien, Suede Country Band

Nathaniel  performed to a packed crowd on the R. M. Williams day stage with Lee Kernaghan, Steve Ford & the Flange, Tania Kernaghan, & The McClymonts etc

  •  14 Apr 2007, 12:45 AM - Laura Folk Fair  Herbert street
    Laura, South Australia
Nathaniel & Tracey Rains,  singing x30mins sets
  • April '07 Pt Augusta Country Music Festival
1st Under 11 yrs Vocal
  • March '07 Murrayland Music Festival
1st Junior Vocal, & 2nd Open Duet
  • 17 Mar 2007,  Channel 7 Studio  117 Wells St Melbourne, Victoria At the studio for filming of semi final's in TV show Australia's Got Talent

Live Interview Radio 5CS

  • Feb 2007 ~ "AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT" T.V. Show Channel 7 Filming in Melbourne, shown Nationally
Live Interview Radio 5ABC
  • Jan 2007 ~ Manilla~NSW
1st Junior Gospel
1st Junior Australian Country.
2nd Junior Country Rock
1st junior vocal
  • Jan 2007 Tamworth NSW
finalist in Junior Vocal
Finalist in Junior Gospel
2nd "ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR" @ Aristocrats Tamworth 2007 17yrs & Under
2nd in Coca Cola Amotil Competition
  • SACCM Champion of Champions
1st Junior 13 & Under


  • South Australian Country Music Festival & Awards, Riverland (Barmera) June 2006

1st Junior Gospel
1st Junior Vocal
2nd Open Country Rock

  • Northern Country Music Assn of South Australia 2006 Port Pirie
1st. Junior Vocal
2nd. Junior Gospel
  • April 2006 Pt Augusta CMF

1st in vocal 11yrs and under
3rd in Gospel 16yrs and under
2nd in Open group
Nathaniel also entered the instrumental for the first time

  • April 2006 Victor Harbour Relay for Life Charity Performance
Special Guest with Tiffney Stroh + Road Train
  • March 2006 Tailem Bend CMF
1st in Vocal section
  • March 2006 at the Pt Pirie CMC
Support artist for Wayne Horsburgh
  • March 2006 Pt Lincoln Eyre Toyota Western Country Music Festival
Where Nathaniel was asked to perform alongside great artists such as; Melinda Schneider, Felicity Urquhart, Ronni Rae Rivers, Royden Donohue, Daniel Thompson, Jim Hermel & Band, Travis Collins, Craig Giles, Graeme Hugo & Iron Bark Band, Chrissie Murphy & Highway 32, Sandra Humphries, Brendan Beleski, Samantha McClymont, Peter Coad & Coad Sisters, Bush Balladeer of Aust 2006 Julie Perandes, Luke O'Shea and Cruisers
  • February 2006 Mt Gambier 2006 CMF
1st 13yrs + under vocal
2nd Junior duets
  • January Tamworth South Bowls
    The Vault,
    The Jazzer Quest “Coca-Cola” stage
    Aussie Bob's stage busking on “Peel St” CCMA
“Barry Thornton award” in the 13yrs and under vocal section.
  • January Tamworth

3rd place at Manilla Junior Vocal
3rd place at Manilla Junior Gospel
Encouragement award M.A.D.C.M.A 2006

  • Jan Naranderra NSW “Teloca House”
Performed a concert for the residents perform on their local radio live
  • Pt Pirie CMC
  • Barossa CMC
  • Adelaide CMC
  • Pt Pirie Trotting Club
  • Carol's by Candlelight on the Clare town oval
  • Mintaro/Farrell Flat School Christmas Concert.
Nathaniel performed at various clubs
  • September 2005 Mildura CMF
1st in Junior Vocal
  • August 2005 Balaklava Eisteddfod
1st in vocal 11yrs and under
  • July 2005 South Australia Champion of Champions
Awarded the “Len Wakefield Memorial Trophy
  • June 2005 Barmera CMF
Encouragement award in Junior gospel
1st Star Step Up
  • May 2005 Pt Pirie CMF
1st in 11-12yrs vocal
2nd in 15yrs under Gospel
  • April Pt Augusta Country Music Festival, his first CMF
1st in 12yrs and under
  • Charity Functions (singing for residents) November September
Carinya Nursing Home -fundraising concert (Clare) Sept 04
Wheal Burra Burra Festival (Oct 2004) *Parklynne Nursing Home (Adelaide)
Burra Activity Centre
  • November
1st @ Search for a Singer, winning a course with SA Casting for singing, acting and dance.
  • September
semi-finalist at SFAS and Battle of the Bands @Fellini's on O’Connell St Nth Adelaide
  • August Balaklava Eisteddfod
1st in 6-11yrs obtaining a 98% in his adjudication
  • August Strathalbyn Eisteddfod
2nd in Vocal 6-11yrs
  • July Search For A Singer
1st Place
  • March
1st in Pop Vocal (prize of a recording package)
  • August 2003 Balaklava Eisteddfod
Honorary Mention 14yrs and under
  • July Pop Vocal @ Dom Polski Centre Adelaide

2nd place in the 6-11yrs


With Graeme Hugo at Port Lincoln Mar 2006
With Travis Collins at Port Lincoln Mar 2006

Lorraine Wakefield awarding the Len Wakefield Memorial Award at Champion of Champion Evening July 2005
Picture by I Fisk

Nathaniel is obviously a fan of Bella picture taken at Mt Gambier Feb 2006 where he did well in the talent contests see the results here
all Pictures(except one) sent by his Mother taken by her or Nathaniel's sister Tracey Rains!