Human Nature to Be Inducted Into ARIA Hall of Fame

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Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney, Michael Tierney and Toby Allen of Human Nature perform on stage during the Apollo Spring Gala and 80th Anniversary Celebration at The Apollo Theater on June 10, 2014 in New York City.  

Human Nature is shimmying into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

The popular Aussie vocal group will be inducted during the ARIA Awards in Sydney later this month, in recognition of a stellar 30-year career during which time they’ve shifted more than 2.5 million albums Down Under, and made a home-away-from-home on the Las Vegas Strip.

“We are so incredibly humbled by this honor to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame,” Human Nature say in a statement. “All we have ever wanted to do for a career is to entertain people, and to have had the fans continually support us over the years both in our home of Australia and overseas, is really something we never dreamed of. To be inducted on the anniversary of our first ever performance as a group and in our 30th year since forming makes us so grateful.”

Hailing from Western Sydney, the group, comprising school friends Toby Allen, Phil Burton, and brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney, formed in 1989 as a creative outlet for their love of a cappella and doo-wop harmonies.  

Initially named The 4-Trax, they started out busking on Sydney’s Pitt Street and clubs, and caught the attention of talent scouts from Sony Music Australia. The group was invited into the offices of the music major, where they performed "People Get Ready" for the company’s legendary CEO Denis Handlin. They were signed on the spot, they changed their name and the rest is history. 

In 2009, they opted for an unconventional route into the U.S. market. They eschewed the traditional coast-to-coast trek of pubs and clubs, instead grabbing a foothold on the colorful Strip of Sin City as headliners in residency.

Their impact was immediate. The following year, on May 11, 2010, former mayor Oscar Goodman declared the day as "Human Nature Day".

Performing a jukebox of hits, five nights each week, the foursome recently announced a contract extension at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas through March 2022. In the ten years since they landed in Nevada, Human Nature has clocked up more than 1,700 shows.

Over the past three decades, they’ve released 13 studio albums, garnering 26 platinum awards, 15 top 20 singles and in Jan. 26 of this year, they received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their service to the performing arts and entertainment field.

“It has been incredibly special to be a part of Andrew, Mike, Phil and Toby’s journey as Human Nature right back from those very early days and to watch them develop into the amazing talent they are today,” enthuses Denis Handlin, Sony Music Entertainment chairman and CEO of Australia and New Zealand and president of Asia. “I am enormously proud of their outstanding achievements both at home and overseas. Their induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame is a wonderful honor that caps off a brilliant 30th year for them as Human Nature.”

Human Nature will be inducted during the 2019 ARIA Awards, to be held Nov. 27 at The Star Event Centre, Sydney. With their entrance into the Australian music community’s elite, they join the likes of INXS, AC/DC, The Bee Gees, Men At Work, Crowded House and last year's inductee, Kasey Chambers.

A week before the gala, on Nov. 22, Human Nature will release the retrospective album Still Telling Everybody – 30 Years of Hits, featuring two previously unreleased tracks, a reimagined version of their hit “Don’t Say Goodbye” and the Motown standard “This Old Heart of Mine.”


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