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 Rod and his wife, country star Gina Jeffreys. Rod and his wife, country star Gina Jeffreys.
01 March 2018 Posted by 

A LIFELONG SONGLINE: Australian music legend’s Coast journey to stardom


ROD McCormack is living proof that you can turn your passion and talent into a great career right here on the Central Coast.

Rod, the son of legendary newspaper editor Wendy McCormack, was born to be a star.

He grew up at Springfield and developed a love of music at an early age. That appreciation of the music he heard and loved became the songline of his life.

You see, through sheer hard work and perseverance Rod became one of Australia’s leading musicians and songwriters. But it was as a producer that he found a rare talent and financial success as the stars flocked to have him record their music.

It culminated recently when he was named the Central Coast’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2018.

Rod is one of the most in-demand record producers in the country and has been responsible for many high selling and award winning albums, as well as being named CMAA (Country Music Association of Australia) Producer of the Year in 2004, 2008 and 2010.

Rod is proud to call the Central Coast home and his recording studio at Erina, The Music Cellar, has played host to some of Australia’s best artists such as Paul Kelly, Stan Walker, Jimmy Barnes, Shannon Noll, Kasey Chambers, The Wiggles, Casey Donovan, Gina Jeffreys, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Anthony Callea and many more.

Rod and his wife, country star Gina Jeffreys, are ambassadors of Central Coast Council’s This is the Life campaign – helping promote all the things they love about the Coast and showing off the remarkable people that live here.

“When you’re in such a beautiful environment all the time, with such a great lifestyle, I think your creativity just flows out of you much more naturally – and that works for me,” Rod said.

“I have always lived on the Central Coast and love it so much that I convinced Gina this is the best place to raise our son.

“So when the opportunity arose for me to be the Central Coast’s Ambassador for Australia Day, it was one opportunity I could not resist.

“I’m really enjoyed  getting out and about on Australia Day and celebrating everything that’s great about this country, but especially living here on the Coast.

“I think one of the great things that the Central Coast affords is being able to maintain a great lifestyle that doesn’t overstretch everybody.”

Rod was joined by Council’s Mayor, Jane Smith, to officiate at community events at The Entrance and Woy Woy as well as help present the Australia Day Awards.

Mayor Jane Smith said it was fantastic to have a local representative like Rod McCormack involved in the Central Coast’s Australia Day celebrations.

“Rod has gained the reputation as one of Australia’s finest music producers and song writers and proudly shares his passion for music here on the Coast,” Mayor Smith said.

“He continues to produce and write music, but is now also giving back to the industry by running performance workshops to help mentor new and young performers.

 “Rod embodies what it means to be a Coastie,”



Michael Walls
P: 0407 783 413
E: Michael@accessnews.com.au

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