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Bernard Fanning in 2010

Bernard Fanning (born 15 August 1969) is an Australian musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and frontman of Queensland alternative rock band Powderfinger. Born and raised in Toowong, Brisbane, he began writing music at 15. With Ian Haug, John Collins, and Darren Middleton, the band released five studio albums in fifteen years and achieved mainstream success in Australia. During Powderfinger's hiatus in 2005, Fanning began his solo music career with the studio album Tea & Sympathy. Powderfinger reunited in 2007 and released two more albums before disbanding in 2010. While Powderfinger's style focuses on alternative rock, Fanning's solo music is generally described as a mixture of blues and acoustic folk. He plays guitar, piano, keyboards and harmonica. Often speaking out against Australian political figures, Fanning has donated much of his time to philanthropic causes. (Full article...)