Jim Keays was the legendary lead singer-songwriter for Masters Apprentices from 1965 until his passing in 2014.
In the early 1970s, Jim embarked on a solo career and quickly established himself with the release of his legendary debut album, The Boy from the Stars. It was followed by Red on the Meter, Pressure Makes Diamonds, Resonator, Dirty, Dirty and Age Against the Machine.
Loved and respected as a pioneer of Australian music, Jim was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame with Masters Apprentices in 1998.
Jim was a prolific writer throughout his life, co-writing some of Australia’s most iconic songs including Because I Love You and Turn Up Your Radio.
He later teamed up with Russell Morris, his best mate and colleague from supergroup, Cotton Keays & Morris, to pen Black Dog Blues from Russell’s ARIA-winning blues album Sharkmouth that Russell says he would not have recorded but for Jim’s encouragement.
Jim also wrote the lyrics for the Brisbane Lions and Melbourne Victory football club anthems.