Archie Roach AM

Musical storyteller

State recipient Australian of the Year 2020

Archie Roach AM is a singer, songwriter, musician and campaigner for the rights of First Nations Australians. After being forcibly removed from his family at age two, he has overcome teenage alcoholism and homelessness – and the 2010 death of his beloved wife, Ruby – to become an Australian music legend.

In 1992, Archie won two ARIA Awards for his 1990 debut album Charcoal Lane. He also received a Human Rights Achievement Award for his iconic Stolen Generations song, Took the Children Away – a first for any songwriter. He has since released eleven more albums and embarked on nationwide and global tours, exploring issues that affect First Nations people in modern Australia.

He is a Member of the Order of Australia for his lifetime contribution to Indigenous arts and culture.

Today, Archie runs the Archie Roach Foundation, which looks to improve opportunities for young First Nations people through art and culture. Through his work, Archie spreads a powerful message of love, reconciliation and healing.