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Me and my health: Former INXS singer Ciaran Gribbin on his lifestyle


Rocking out: Ciaran Gribbin
Rocking out: Ciaran Gribbin
Ciaran Gribbin performing live
Ciaran Gribbin with his wife Donna and son James

By Staff Reporter

The former INXS singer (42), also known as Joe Echo, is a self-employed musician and Grammy-nominated songwriter who runs global events business Rock and Roll Team Building. As well as touring the world with INXS, he has also worked with artists such as Madonna, U2, Paul McCartney, Snow Patrol and Al Pacino. Originally from Castledawson and now living in Australia, he is married to Donna (37) and they have one son, James (7).

Q: Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?

A: I walk most mornings, or after a late gig to wind down - sometimes for two hours. I try to do 20 minutes of jogging three times a week, and I love riding my bike.

Q: What is the worst illness you've had?

A: Last year I had a scare with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) getting off a 14-hour flight from San Francisco to Sydney. I had a clot in my left leg that was 27cm long. Thankfully, I was prescribed the correct medicine and all is good now.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I have a reasonably healthy diet. With travelling for a living I sometimes eat late at night so it can be hard to find healthy food, but I eat a lot of vegetables and lean meat. I try to stay clear of processed food.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Sugar. I love it. Especially chocolate.

Q: Do you drink and smoke? If so, how much?

A: I don't drink alcohol, but I do occasionally have a smoke. I'm hoping to stay off the cigarettes for good, however!

Q: Do you take any supplements?

A: No, I don't take any of those.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I love riding the bike with my son James. We live near a beach south of Sydney so it's always good to get in the ocean and do some bodyboarding. We can spend hours throwing a frisbee.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I do work a lot of late nights. For our Rock and Roll Team Building, we run fast paced events that last up to two hours and can take place at conferences or even small meetings. We get those attending to take part in a choir session and teach them to sing uplifting songs in a three-part harmony - this encourages people to let go and feel the music, work together and focus on the task at hand. And we also teach how songs are created from beginning to completion. It's a wonderful way to engage and inspire people through music. So, I'm a bit of a night owl, but I do get plenty of sleep. Sometimes I do 20-minute naps before gigs if I'm tired. I'm always concerned about keeping my voice functioning well and sleep is the most important thing for my voice.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: I don't worry about getting old. I'm more focused on what's happening in my life now, and I count my blessings every day. I know how fragile life is and that none of us are promised tomorrow so there isn't much point in worrying about it.

Q: What is your go-to product that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: Water is so important for me. I drink it continually, and I'm convinced that it has the greatest health benefits for the body. As a singer, water is so important for a healthy voice so I always carry a bottle with me everywhere I go. I also dab a little bit of essential oil on my tongue every morning to clear the sinuses and keep the cold away.

Ciaran's business, Rock and Roll Team Building, runs rockstar-helmed events at corporate conferences all over the world, using music to get people involved in performing with a live band and delivering creative workshops with songwriting. For more information, visit

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