‘A truly unique Aussie success story’: ARIA Hall of Fame to induct Human Nature
The R&B vocal group from western Sydney are celebrating their 30th anniversary together in November.
Since signing to Sony Music Australia in 1985, Toby Allen, Phil Burton and brothers, Andrew and Mike Tierney, went on to sell 2.5 million albums in Australia.
Four of their 13 studio albums went to #1 on the ARIA chart, with 28 Platinum certifications, 15 Top 20 singles and five Top 10 hits worldwide.
The band is now based in Las Vegas doing a Motown-themed residency (they recently marked their 2,000th Vegas performance), and just won an award for the show’s production.
Responding to the news, the four members said: “We are so incredibly humbled by this honour to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.
“All we have ever wanted to do for a career is to entertain people, and to have had the fans continually support us over the years both in our home of Australia and overseas, is really something we never dreamed of.
“To be inducted on the anniversary of our first-ever performance as a group & in our 30th year since forming makes us so grateful.”
ARIA chief executive, Dan Rosen, said: “The 30-year career of Human Nature is a truly unique Australian success story.
“From teenage friends to multi-Platinum stars to keepers of the Motown flame, they have won over audiences all around the world. I am thrilled to have them in the ARIA Hall Of Fame and congratulate them for their incredible career.”
Denis Handlin AO, Sony Music Entertainment chairman and CEO of Australia and New Zealand and president of Asia, commented: “It has been incredibly special to be a part of Andrew, Mike, Phil and Toby’s journey as Human Nature right back from those very early days and to watch them develop into the amazing talent they are today.
“I am enormously proud of their outstanding achievements both at home and overseas.
“Their induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame is a wonderful honour that caps off a brilliant 30th year for them as Human Nature.”
The act issues Still Telling Everybody – 30 Years of Hits on November 22.
After returning to Australia for the ARIAs, they do six Christmas At The Palms shows in Melbourne through December.
The band has conducted 15 Australian tours, with 2017’s Ultimate Jukebox Tour shifting 40,000 tickets.
In January 2019, the four were handed the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their success and charity work.