Kirk Pengilly is one of the founding members of INXS, which started back in 1977, and they have sold in excess of 50 million records worldwide.
INXS have collected countless awards and trophies for their work from all over the globe, including 3 Grammy nominations, and have been inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.
Kirk, undoubtedly the most recognizable member, has a definitive place in INXS, being the versatile ‘utility man’. As principle backing vocalist, saxophonist and guitarist, he contributed to a great deal of the music that INXS released.
Kirk has also worked on many successful side projects during his action-packed musical career, including producing, writing and performing with other artists.
Kirk resides in the Northern Beaches of Sydney with his wife, seven times world surfing champion, Layne Beachley. Kirk and Layne were married in October 2010.
Kirk is a fascinating corporate presenter; inspiring and entertaining, and his story has valuable lessons for all. Kirk has quietly been involved in a number of charity’s over the years – Greenpeace, the Starlight Foundation, Mirabel, World Vision and Amnesty International to name a few.
He was actively involved with the Eye Foundation in Australia as their Key Ambassador for 12 years, a role close to his heart after nearly losing his sight to Glaucoma in the mid 80’s.
More recently, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2015, he became a Key Ambassador for Movember and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Kirk is also the Key Ambassador for Glaucoma Australia.