Music Matters Australian Ambassador for the MMIOA charity album, Frank Dixon, is a quirky 17-year -old and a down-to-earth normal teenager. With a passion for song writing and the physics of the universe, Frank takes his fans on an artistic and intelligent journey in everything that he does.
For some, it seems our journey is chosen for us and Frank is an example of exactly that. At the age of six, Frank suddenly stood up from watching TV and walked over to the family piano where he played the melody of a TV theme song that he loved. From there he never looked back and has focused his entire life on writing and performing his music ever since. When he was eleven, Frank was discovered on YouTube by a Canadian talent scout who took him to LA where he worked on his original music with Grammy Award winning producers Firstborn, Devine Evans and Grammy nominated producer Dre Knight.
Shortly after Wally de Backer (Gotye) launched Music Matters as a segment on SBN’s drive-time youth show ‘Primary Perspectives’, Frank was booked to perform one of his originals on the show, and from there he was invited to join SBN’s team as a radio host. Sharing a great on-air chemistry, Frank and Miani Rose soon became the regular hosts of a bi-monthly Music Matters one hour special on Primary Perspectives, and then exactly one year after Gotye had launched Music Matters, the program became its own independent show and Music Matters National was born.
By 13 years old, Frank was not only hosting his own radio show, he had also won the Australian Under 18 Songwriter of the Year (ASA) Award for his song ‘Step Into The Dark’, which had its radio debut on Music Matters. Again at the age of 15 Frank won the 2014 Australian Under 18 Songwriter of the Year (ASA) Award for his original composition ‘Gold’ and he was also a semifinalist in the International Songwriting Competition, came second in the Australian Children’s Music Foundation and won Song of the Month for the International Songwriters Awards in LA. In 2015 Frank was chosen by Music Australia as one of the four songwriters for the Music Count Us In program and collaborated with Australian music legends, Marcia Hines and John Foreman, to write a song that is being sung by more than 500,000 Australian school students. Frank’s original song also won Best Music in the San Francisco Short Film Awards for his work in ‘Hello Tom Sullivan’.
Passionate about every aspect of his craft, Frank found his love for producing his own music in his home studio when he was 14 and has just completed his debut, fully self-produced EP ‘Hello World’, which is a collection of seven original songs. The title track ‘Hello World’ was mixed by world renowned producer and mix engineer, Clif Norrell (Jeff Buckley, R.E.M, U2, Gotye) who wanted to work on the song after hearing a selection of Frank’s work. Other tracks on the EP include ‘Empire’, ‘Hi Goodbye’, and the beautiful ‘Back to the Stars’, which is the opening track for the Music Matters IOA Charity Album.
Frank is an amazing live performer with years of shows already under his belt. He is currently rehearsing a live show with his new band and has had a string of tours throughout 2015. With seemingly endless creative energy, Frank is also the host and songwriting mentor for the Fast Track Singing and Talent Showcases and is an Ambassador of the Australian Teenage Expo, where he is set to travel with the expo to schools across Australia in 2016.
Frank’s genre is a blend of acoustic singer/songwriter with a touch of Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. His style is unique and edgy and has had one industry commentator label his genre as ‘intellipop’ – intelligent pop. A recent recipient of the Long Tan Youth Leadership Award for Service to the Arts and Community, Frank Dixon is a global citizen with his eyes firmly set on the future. ‘Hello World’, the new EP, is a body of work sure to capture the hearts of music lovers of all ages. For Frank, the journey has just begun… #HelloWorld!