Two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians, and is widely considered one of the finest guitar players in the world. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Chet Atkins honored Tommy with the title of “Certified Guitar Player” for his contribution to guitar music, a very rare distinction shared by only four other people in the world.
After an amazing performance with his brother Phil at the Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, the world wanted to know who this mysterious Australian guitar virtuoso was. In 2001, Tommy released his first solo-acoustic album, ONLY, and his popularity has grown by leaps and bounds aided by a non-stop touring schedule and increasing exposure in the media. His album The Mystery earned him another Grammy nomination, and in 2008 Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine named him Best Acoustic Guitarist and Gold Medalist in the in the Readers’ Choice and Players’ Choice Awards. Guitar Player’s 2010 Readers Choice awards named him Best Acoustic Guitarist for the second time!