At just 22 years of age, Liam Burrows is a truly prodigious and gifted young performer.
Since mid-2011, Liam has performed over 300 public, corporate and private shows and headlined all over Australia, including at some of our most popular jazz venues (Bennetts Lane, The Basement, The Vanguard, The Brisbane Jazz Club, Ellington’s, Bird’s Basement) and festivals including the Broadbeach Jazz Festival, Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival, Norfolk Island Jazz Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival (twice), Manly Jazz Festival and Waiheke International Jazz Festival (N.Z.).
He has performed at major venues such as Crown Casino, Jupiters Casino Townsville, Twin Towns Services Club and Jupiters Casino Broadbeach, where he headlined in “Jazz with the Stars” alongside James Morrison.
Liam has also performed his own one-hour shows on a number of Australian, British and American cruise ships.
His recent major performances have also taken him to Hong Kong and New Zealand – a long way from his humble beginning as a Central Coast Jazz Futures Scholarship recipient at age 13.
Besides being on Australia’s Got Talent, Liam has appeared on Channel 7 Melbourne’s Good Friday Telethon (where he performed two songs with a large orchestra) Channel 10’s The Circle and Channel 7’s The Morning Show (four times) and Channel 7 Perth’s Telethon where he received a standing ovation.
His numerous YouTube videos have been watched by thousands, with his Australia’s Got Talent audition achieving nearly 2 million views.
Since July 2011 he has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the music scene whilst continuing to develop as an exceptional and unique entertainer, performing all over Australia as well as overseas.
He has earned the respect of fellow professionals and stunned the public with a mature vocal style and stage presence that is way beyond his years.
Liam brings to his music a level of technical ability, scatting and realisation of phrasing that can only be described as incredible.
Despite his youth, Liam is no newcomer to performing…..he began singing at the age of two, played classical piano at six and took up the trumpet at nine. At the tender age of twelve Liam was inspired to sing jazz and swing.
By the time Liam was fourteen, he had completed all four Australian Music Examinations Board Contemporary Jazz Vocal exams attaining consistently High Distinctions.
Liam achieved further outstanding success in 2008, winning the highly-competitive Open-Age Jazz Vocal Division of the Sydney Eisteddfod when just fourteen. The accolades continued in the same year when he was awarded the Central Coast Jazz League scholarship for Most Promising Young Jazz Artist.
In 2009 he captivated audiences at the famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland where he received a standing ovation.
In 2010 Liam was featured as an outstanding rising talent at Newcastle Jazz Festival where he performed with his Quartet and later in the year was nominated for a MO Award as Best New Talent.
In that same year Liam was one of six vocalists selected nationally by jazz virtuoso James Morrison to perform at the prestigious “Generations in Jazz” at Mt Gambier, South Australia. At only sixteen years of age he was the youngest-ever vocalist in this acclaimed event. He was also invited to perform again the following year.
In 2011 he appeared as a contestant on the top-rating National television show “Australia’s Got Talent”. Liam’s passion and enthusiasm for bringing jazz to a wider audience captured the attention of the general public and he was voted through as the people’s choice for each level of the competition.
He was thrilled to become a Grand Finalist – coming 4th in the competition out of 19,000 entrants.
The amount of time required by the TV show and a steady stream of requests for personal appearances and performances, instigated Liam’s decision to leave school to work as a professional musician and entertainer.
As a result of his success on Australia’s Got Talent, Liam was signed to a management agreement with TV Producer/Director Jack Strom who entered the artist management field after discovering Australian teenage pop/rock sensation Vanessa Amorosi whom he managed internationally for nearly 9 years.
In August 2011 Liam and his Quartet performed at Jupiter’s Casino, Queensland, during the Broadbeach Jazz Festival and at the Australian International Movie Convention. In September Liam appeared at the famous Noosa Jazz Festival with the Australian Army Band.
His independently-released and critically acclaimed debut album “All Of Me“, a timeless collection of 20 swing hits (recorded when he was only seventeen) was launched in Melbourne in October when he performed to a full house at the Palms Showroom in the Crown Casino Entertainment Complex – accompanied by an 18 piece “Big Band”.
At the end of the two-and-a-half hour concert, he performed two encores and received standing ovations.
Liam was the opening act for the legendary Pointer Sisters during their entire National Tour in November and “sang-in” the New Year when he headlined the prestigious event at Sydney’s Taronga Park Zoo – accompanied by the “Big Band” once again.
In May 2012, Liam was thrilled to be named “BEST JAZZ ARTIST” at the Australian Music Industry’s MusicOz Awards held at the Sydney Opera House.
In July he appeared at the Surfers Paradise Festival. This was followed by an appearance at the Broadbeach Jazz Festival in August when he performed with a 14 piece band at Jupiters Hotel and Casino’s newly renovated theatre.
The event “Jazz With the Stars” featured Liam with James Morrison/Emma Pask, Grace Knight and David Campbell. Each artist performed for 30 minutes and Liam left the stage with the audience asking for more.
In the same month Liam, for the second consecutive year, headlined at the Noosa Jazz Festival (this time with his own six-piece band) and also performed a guest spot with a local “Big Band” the following day.
In August 2012 Liam won Second Place in the Vocal Performance category of the International Unsigned-Only Music Competition. The competition received almost 7,500 entries from over 80 countries.
In December he appeared at the Norfolk Island Jazz Festival and for the second consecutive year, Liam performed at the 2GO Xmas Carols at Gosford’s Bluetongue stadium.
In February 2013, he presented his three-hour concert at the Laycock Theatre in Gosford, NSW, to a sold-out house and once again received a standing ovation.
In the same year at the famous Mo Awards, Liam was presented with the Johnny O’Keefe Award which was created to acknowledge outstanding performance by a newcomer to the live performance circuit.
In June Liam headlined at the Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival and in August, at the Broadbeach Jazz Festival. In October, he appeared at the prestigious Manly Jazz Festival, backed by the Andy Firth Big Band.
Liam, as a Finalist in the 2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition won an “Honourable Mention” for his rendition of an original song, ”You Shook Me”. There were over 9,000 entries from over 100 countries worldwide and as only 1% of all entries made to the finalist status and even fewer received awards; this was a remarkable achievement by Liam.
In October Liam was proud to perform at the prestigious Red Ball at Melbourne’s Crown Casino and Hotel for the Fight Cancer Foundation and in November he was asked to perform at the MusicOz Awards at the Star Entertainment Complex in Sydney. He was also a Finalist at these awards.
In December Liam was thrilled to be involved in a major car launch for Mercedes-Benz Melbourne and entertained at the glitzy black tie dinner with his sextet.
During the year, Liam recorded some new and original material written especially for him by multi-award-winning and internationally successful song-writer Graeham Goble, The Little River Band’s founder and main songwriter. He also recorded original tracks by successful song-writing duo Eric McCusker and Jake Mason.
2014 commenced with Liam appearing at the Australia Day celebrations at Dee Why Beach NSW where he entertained a huge and excited crowd. In June he appeared at Jupiters Casino Townsville.
Mid-year Liam released a video of a new song,“You Shook Me” and the song became available for digital download.
The video went on to win “Best Music Video” and Best Visual Effects” at the 6th Annual MovieClub International Short Film Festival in Palestrina, Italy.
Liam also won two awards in the Vocal Performance category of the International Unsigned-Only Music Competition: Second Place of with his rendition of “Skylark” and an Honourable Mention with “Never Fallen In Love So Easily Before”.
In December, Liam performed at two corporate events in Hong Kong – for the British Chamber of Commerce and Hong Kong Polo After Dark and also completed the Musical Theatre Open Course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
In May Liam was awarded the Vocal Scholarship at Generations in Jazz 2015. This was presented by James Morrison who described him as “A great ambassador for Jazz”.
In August Liam was named StarCentral Magazine’s Male Artist of the Month.
In November 2015, he was one of only eleven entrants to achieve Semi-Finalist status in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition which took place in Los Angeles. The vocal competition takes place every 5 years and attracts hundreds of entries from all over the world. Liam was the only entrant from the Southern Hemisphere to make it through to the Semi-Finals.
In that same month he appeared for the first time in Auckland as part of a Sinatra Centenary Concert, accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra.
He was again invited to entertain at a car launch for Mercedes-Benz, but this time with a 14-piece band backing him.
Liam was the star performer at the Choir Of Hard Knocks Christmas Concert at the Melbourne Town Hall.
2016 commenced with, amongst other things, a number of cruise ship performances, including one for the CEO, the President and senior management of Holland America Line and 4 shows at the Waiheke International Jazz Festival in New Zealand.
Liam is currently completing a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in Contemporary Performance.