The 2011 Toyota Star Maker, Luke Dickens, always had a love for rock and blues music – but his country roots ran deep. Born in Wagga Wagga, he moved to Canberra as a child, then Young, NSW, as a teenager, where he worked as a shearer for nine years after finishing school. Luke could easily have still been in the shearing shed had he not been dared to audition for Australian Idol in 2008. With his honest spirit, soaring voice and natural charisma, Luke achieved national recognition as runner-up in the competition. That first taste of the music industry whetted his appetite for more and, as an independent artist, Luke then toured extensively across Australia, taking his music to as broad an audience as possible.
In 2009 he was given the opportunity to perform at the Chateau Marmont in LA at the invitation of Sir Richard Branson and then travelled twice to the Middle East to entertain our troops in both Afghanistan and the Sinai Desert in Egypt – an experience Luke still claims as his greatest honour. In 2011 he performed at the Global Artists Showcase in Nashville, TN where he rubbed shoulders with some of the very best in the business. Luke still considers himself an ordinary bloke, and with a love of the rural life and all kinds of great music, he has continued writing and performing wherever possible around his busy single-dad schedule.