Over the past 19 years, Human Nature have forged one of the most successful careers in Australian music history. Having released eight albums and numerous singles, the band has sold millions of CDs worldwide.
Starting their careers as the all boy band the 4Trax Brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney joined with Toby Allen and Phil Burton in 1989 while in high school and were soon performing in clubs, building up a following and winning several awards as club entertainers. The story goes that the boys one day walked into the office of Sony Music Australia CEO Denis Handlin and performed an a cappella version of 'People Get Ready'... and were promptly signed on the spot. They changed their name to Human Nature and the rest, as they say, is history.
Their first album, Telling Everybody was released in 1996, spawning six singles and going on to achieve triple-platinum status. During this time the group worked as support acts for Michael Jackson and Celine Dion on their respective Australian tours. The following year they were asked personally by both artists to continue support them throughout their European tours. Upon their return to Australia Human Nature embarked on their first ever national concert tour. 1997 also saw the band team up with John Farnham for 'Everytime You Cry', one of the biggest hits of the year.
1998's Counting Down continued the band's momentum, and debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts and spawning five gold singles in Australia. That year the band also appeared in an Australian concert tour of symphonic versions of Beatles songs conducted by legendary producer and 'fifth Beatle', Sir George Martin.
The band released Human Nature in 2000 with lead single 'He Don't Love You' reaching Top 20 in the UK and being the second best selling Australasian single in Australia for that year. A career highlight, the band were also chosen to perform the Australian National Anthem at the 2000 Summer Olympics with Julie Anthony.
A greatest hits album titled Here & Now: The Best of Human Nature followed in late 2001. Throughout 2002 and into early 2003, Toby took on the role of MC in a major production of the musical Cabaret, earning him a prestigious Helpmann Award.
Walk the Tightrope in 2004, its first single, 'When You Say You Love Me', reaching the Top 10 in Australia for that year.
For their fifth studio album Human Nature decided to pay tribute to the music that influenced them from the very beginning, and released an album of Motown covers titled Reach Out: The Motown Record in 2005. It peaked at #1 on the Australian charts and has reached five times platinum and saw the tour extensively around Australia in 2006. After a staggering 15 career nominations, Human Nature were awarded an ARIA for Reach Out (highest selling album) later that year. A follow-up, Dancing In The Street: The Songs Of Motown II was released and debuted at #1 shortly thereafter.
They toured Australia for the Motown Tour 2005/06 and the Encore Motown Tour 2006, and again in mid-2007 with the Dancing In The Street Arena Tour 2007. In November, 2007 Get Ready, a third Motown album, hit #2 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Get Ready features appearances by several original Motown singing legends such as Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson of The Supremes and The Temptations. All three albums have now sold close to a million copies in Australia. Human Nature's total album sales in Australia number almost two million.
In 2008 Human Nature performed for the first time in the USA, with a two-month residency at Atlantic City's Tropicana Casino. The band played to sold out shows and rave reviews. Human Nature: A Symphony Of Hits, a collection of Human Nature classics performed with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, was released in 2008, with the nationwide tour culminating in a series of performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.
In May 2009, Human Nature began a year-long engagement at Las Vegas' Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino, performing six nights a week. The first Australian band ever to have a residency on the strip, on May 11, 2010 they signed for a further two years, and with the honour of having the Imperial Palace Showroom renamed after them! And, as a special bonus, Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman decreed that May 11, 2010 would be known as 'Human Nature Day'.
Human Nature are currently planning a ninth studio album, and a major Australian tour, 'Direct from Las Vegas', for December 2010.
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