Canadian singer who had more than half a dozen songs reach the country's Hot 100 chart, including "When Your Lips Are So Close."
Encouraged by his mother to pursue his passion for music, he joined an Australian country rock band and was offered a recording contract after winning a radio talent competition.
The annual rodeo Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada commissioned him to write a song on the tradition of the cowboy hat.
He was born in Victoria province, Australia, moving to Canada at the age of five after his parents' divorce. He and his wife Kendra have a son, Nash David, and two daughters, Paisley and Memphis Quinn.
Michelle Wright was another popular Canadian country singer.