Spirit of the Anzacs (album)

Spirit of the Anzacs is the fifteenth studio album by Australian country singer Lee Kernaghan. It was released digitally and physically in Australia on March 13, 2015 through ABC Music.[1] A limited deluxe edition features four additional tracks plus a 64-page booklet that includes many of the letters, stories and images behind the songs. It is Kernaghan's first number one album in Australia[2] and has been certified Platinum by ARIA.[3]

Spirit of the Anzacs
Studio album by
Released13 March 2015 (Australia)
RecordedRancom Street Studio, Sydney; 2014
LabelABC Music
ProducerGarth Porter
Lee Kernaghan chronology
Driving Home for Christmas
Spirit of the Anzacs
The 25th Anniversary Album
Singles from Spirit of the Anzacs
  1. "Spirit of the Anzacs"
    Released: 22 January 2015


2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC's landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli during World War I. In honour of this landmark occasion, former Australian of the Year Kernaghan teamed up with a host of local artists and musicians to record Spirit of the Anzacs. The album was recorded at Rancom Street Studio in Sydney and Kernaghan worked with long-time producer and collaborator Garth Porter.[4]

The project was inspired by Kernaghan's 2014 visit to the Australian War Memorial when he was shown archives of soldiers' letters to family from the front lines from World War I through to the present day.[5]

Track listing

Standard edition (Barcode: 0602547172938):
  1. "For King and Country" (by George Sheppard) 0:46
  2. "To the Top of the Hill" 3:46
  3. "Song for Grace" (by Sara Storer) 4:37
  4. "We'll Take Beersheba" 3:23
  5. "Oh Passchendaele" 4:32
  6. "When the First Bombs Fell" 3:32
  7. "Being Your Sons" 4:05
  8. "Kokoda – Only the Brave Ones" (duet with John Schumann) 4:12
  9. "Teddy Sheean – Forever Eighteen" 3:29
  10. "We Heard a Bugle Play" 3:01
  11. "Tell Carmelita" 3:52
  12. "The Unbearable Price of War" (duet with Lisa McCune) 3:13
  13. "The Dust of Uruzgan" (duet with Fred Smith) 6:44
  14. "I Will Always Be with You" 3:52
  15. "Lest We Forget" (duet with Ben Roberts-Smith) 3:10
  16. "Spirit of the Anzacs" (with Guy Sebastian, Sheppard, Jon Stevens, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll & Megan Washington) 3:53
Deluxe edition (Barcode: 602547174987):
  1. "As If He Knows"
  2. "Changi Banjo"
  3. "I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green)"
  4. "The Last Post"


Spirit of the Anzacs debuted at no. 2 in Australia behind Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly before moving to no. 1 the next week. It is Kernaghan's first no. 1 album[2] and his first to climb in the second week on the charts.[6] The album sold 7,421 in its first week and 14,005 in its second week.[7] The album spent four weeks at No. 1.

Chart (2015) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 1
Australian Artist Albums (ARIA)[9] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2015) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 8
ARIA Country Albums Chart[11] 1
Chart (2016) Position
ARIA Country Albums Chart[12] 21
Chart (2017) Position
ARIA Country Albums Chart[13] 61


Region CertificationCertified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[3] Platinum 70,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Arena tour

An 8-date national arena tour was intended to commence in Newcastle on 21 August 2015, before travelling to Brisbane, Wollongong, Sydney, Tamworth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth throughout September 2015.[14] However, in April 2015 the tour was abruptly canceled due to poor ticket sales.[15]

The arena show would have consisted of an all-star cast of actors and singers, including Kernaghan, Lisa McCune and Jack Thompson, supported by an 11-piece band and vocal group, performing all the songs from the Spirit of the Anzacs album in addition to other classic Australian songs.[16] Thompson would act as narrator and read letters from the Australian War Memorial archives.[15] It was to be directed by Ignatius Jones (the creative director of Vivid Sydney and the 2010 Winter Olympics), and presented by Chugg Entertainment and Stephen White Productions. If the tour had commenced, $3 from every ticket sold would have been donated to the Soldier On and Legacy charities.

See also


  1. "Spirit of the Anzacs deluxe edition". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  2. "Australian Charts - Search Lee Kernaghan". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  3. "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  4. "Lee Kernaghan Spirit of the Anzacs standard CD". abc.net.au. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  5. McCabe, Kathy (23 January 2015). "Lee Kernaghan enlists Sheppard, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian for Spirit of the Anzacs single". News.com.au. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  6. "LunchMoney Lewis still at #1 with 'Bills'". www.ariacharts.com.au/. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  7. PAUL CASHMERE (30 March 2015). "Spirit Of The Anzacs Is Biggest One-Week Seller Of 2015 So Far". www.noise11.com. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  8. "Australian Albums Chart w/c 30 March 2015". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  9. "ARIA Australian Artist Albums Chart w/c 23 March 2015". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  10. McCabe, Kathy. "ARIA chart for 2015 reveal the most popular music that Australia loves to turn up the volume on". The Advertiser. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  11. "2015 ARIA COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  12. "2016 ARIA COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  13. "2017 ARIA COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  14. "Spirit of the Anzacs tour". spiritoftheanzacs.com. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  15. "Spirit of the Anzacs arena tour cancelled due to poor ticket sales". Herald Sun. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  16. "SPIRIT OF THE ANZACS Album Out Now; Arena Tour Announced". BWW News Desk. www.broadwayworld.com. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
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