Archie Roach has been recognised in the Queens Birthday honours list, receiving an AM in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts as a singer, songwriter and guitarist; and to the community as a spokesman for social justice.
In other exciting news for fans of the singer/songwriter, Roach is currently working on a new album, Let Love Rule, with producer Craig Pilkington for release through Liberation Music later this year.
Roach’s debut album Charcoal Lane, released 25 years ago, is an Australian classic. It featured the moving ‘Took the Children Away’, a song detailing the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families. It won two ARIA Awards and an international Human Rights Achievement Award, and in 2013 was added to the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra as part of the Sounds of Australia collection.
Since then, Roach has received countless awards, released eight albums and a retrospective box set (of his first four albums), and collaborated with the likes of Paul Kelly, Troy Cassar-Daley, Christine Anu, Vika and Linda Bull, Shane Howard and Dan Sultan.
His most recent studio album was 2012’s Into the Bloodstream.