As lead singer and chief songwriter of 54•40, Neil Osborne has achieved
critical acclaim, released a dozen albums and weathered the fickle music
business for more than three decades. He is known primarily as a rock musician but is also an accomplished producer often taking the production reins of 54•40 albums and is also a songwriter of amazing depth and clarity.
54.40’s body of work is impressive. After thirty years in the musical
trenches, the band have varied their sound and earned proven commercial
success via impressive record sales from ten studio albums, two greatest hits
packages and a double live album. “One clue to 54•40’s longevity lies in their
ability to make music that has a distinctly individual sound yet covers many styles
- tender ballads, fiery rockers, provocative political songs, self-confessed lyrically
banal romps.” Kerry Doole reported in Impact.
As a songwriter Osborne has penned such fabulous signature 54•40 songs
as ‘I Go Blind’, ‘One Gun’, ‘Since When’ and ‘Ocean Pearl’’ which have crossed
from the realm of rock to a broader base. His lyrics range from the most politically
astute observation to the most innocent love song and everything in between.
Besides penning over 20 charting radio songs, Neil Osborne has been very
active participant in the overall production of every 54•40 album. Most notably
Neil co-produced Casual Viewin’ (Columbia) with Matt Johnson.
Osborne has produced several albums for other artists Cara Luft, Vince
Vaccaro, Hearts and Wires, Paloma, Victoria’s Jets Overhead, and his own
daughters’ project “Kandle” for Montreals’ Dare To Care Records
Following almost two decades under contract to Warner Brothers and then
Sony Music, 54•40 has continued to make albums , not looking back, in 2003
their tenth studio album ‘Goodbye Flatland’ harkened back to the bands
humble beginning with smart lyrics and a sharp rock edge. Produced by Neil and
recorded in the band’s own studio, the album manages to sound new but still
After recording 2005’s Yes to Everything with producer Warne Livesay,
Osborne continued his production work along with band mate Dave Genn,
Osborne produced the critically acclaimed 12th and 13th releases for 5440
“Northern Soul (True North) and Lost In The City (Smilin’Buddha). In 2016,
54•40 reimagined many of their now classic songs in an album titled La
Difference: A History Unplugged. It is with that “unplugged” intimate story
telling spirit that Osborne performs his solo shows.