Introduced to music by his parents, who gave him his first guitar at the tender age of 4, and a huge fan of Chet Atkins from the age of 7, Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel was quickly recognized as a virtuoso. Early in his career, he worked as a studio musician and wrote advertising jingles. He played with Australian rock group rock Dragon and accompanied Tina Turner on tour. In the mid-’90s, he turned towards a solo career, releasing over 20 albums including Classical Gas (1996), The Mystery (2006) and Little by Little (2011), shifting from jazz to folk, bluegrass to New Age from album to album with ease. While usually recording as a solo artist, he has shared the stage with an array of artists including Buddy Williams, Eric Clapton, Sir George Martin, Air Supply, John Denver, Les Paul, Jeff Lynn, Edgar Cruz, Martin Taylor, Doc Watson and his mentor, Chet Atkins. In 2008 and 2010, the readers of Guitar Player named him Best Acoustic Guitarist. In June 2010 he was named a member of the Order of Australia.