The Judges

Gavin Hanbridge

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Gavin is passionate about the issue of homelessness having worked at Wesley Mission and now Property Industry Foundation (PIF) raising awareness on the issue and letting people know how they can make a difference. He is excited to be part of the Property Industry Foundation’s work to build homes around the country for at-risk and homeless young people.

When it comes to music, he loves a mixed bag: Azealia Banks, Gossip, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Janelle Monae – and Paul Kelly.  He also rates Aussie hip hop highly with Hilltop Hoods, 360 and Sydney MC Madame Wu on his playlists.

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Beau Golden


Beau Golden is one of Australia’s most in-demand keyboard players, musical directors & songwriters, working with an extensive array of Australian & international artists.

Beau's current projects are:

This Week In The Universe

Boom Tish

Beau is the current Musical Director for Ruel, Cyrus and Samantha Jade.

He has recently worked on the Netflix series Beat Bugs (an animated series based on the music of the Beatles) and have performed and recorded with...

Claptone, Daniel Johns, Dua Lipa, Jessica Mauboy, Vera Blue, M-Phazes, Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, East, Jennifer Hudson, Jack Savoretti, Ric Rufio among others.

Dan Biddle

Sydney based artist manager, Dan Biddle currently oversees the careers of some of Australia’s top country artists including The McClymonts, Graeme Connors, Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont, Adam Eckersley Band, and Fanny Lumsden. Dan also currently holds the position of Chairman of the Country Music Association of Australia.


His passion for music and the business started in the early 90’s while playing guitar in a high school band, performing in pubs and halls around Northern NSW. He graduated from Southern Cross University with a degree in Contemporary Music: Music Industry Studies & Music Production in 1998 and landed a job at BMG as a Telesales Representative the same year.


He went on to work in various roles including sales, promotions and marketing for Universal Music and Sony Music Australia and was responsible for project management of albums for Midnight Oil, Hoodoo Gurus, Rodriguez and Tommy Emmanuel amongst many others during that time. In January 2014 he went out on his own to start an artist management and services company and his roster has produced five ARIA #1 country albums to date and received numerous awards."

Dan Biederman

Dan plays keyboard in the Adam Eckersley Band who have released two albums through Universal Music Australia and picked up two Golden Guitar Awards (Country Music Association Awards) for Best New Talent in 2015 and Group of the Year in 2016. Dan has also completed a PhD at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and teaches music in amongst touring Australia & Europe with Adam Eckersley Band.