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Hey guys! Welcome to my Official Website! Be sure to check back in to see weekly updates on what James is up to.

Back in the studio

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So this week has been a bit of a roller coaster, from booking in a heap of shows to being back in the studio it really has been an exciting ride since being back on the Tv. Pre production has started on the new single and I couldn’t be happier with the way it’s all coming together. Its a bit of new direction for me with an underlying folk country feel coming through with the new sound.
The support from everyone has been incredible, from getting back in touch with old fans and having some new faces to chat to it has been great having so much support going into this new chapter of my career. I am loving to getting to speak to all of you on Facebook, twitter etc so keep it coming and stay tuned for some new updates on my new music.

Cheers

James Johnston

X Factor Performance

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Just in case you missed it here is last night performance from the x factor Australia. Make sure you sign up to get my free download at www.jamesjohnston.com.au/free-download  
 

James on the X Factor 2014

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X factor Australia

X factor Australia

So it has finally be announced. This year I will be competing on the X Factor Australia. I can’t wait to share the journey with you all as I go through the show. There is also a lot  to look forward to in the coming weeks, from brand new youtube videos to brand new original material plus lots more its all happening. Be sure to check back on this site regularly to see the latest news and updates and follow James on his journey on channel 7 and be watching the x factor. As always, Thanks for the support. James

Exciting News + clue?

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So in the next week I will be announcing some exciting news in the world of James Johnston. Something I haven’t been able to share up until now. So stay tuned for that. But this week has been a busy one. I’ve been preparing to hop back into the studio, so frantically writing and recording demos to try and get the new sound. Ive also got the latest edits of the new youtube clips I will be releasing in the coming weeks back, and I couldn’t be happier with what elijah has created. So there is plenty happening.

Make sure you stay tuned and sign up to my mailing list to get exclusive updates and offers from me personally.

Much love.

James

 

here is a little clue:

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Highs and Lows

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This week has been a mix of highs and lows. lets start with the highs. So I was back in the studio this week and recording some brand new youtube videos. With the help of George Carpenter recording the sound and Elijah Cavanagh doing video we got stuck into the studio on thursday and recorded three new tracks live. After a weekend of gigs I was back into it with elijah on monday. Shooting some overlay shots we started out the day at 7 am in Burleigh heads. It truly is one of the most picturesque parts of the country. After some solo shots along the beach the rest of the crew joined in half way through the day and we started our road trip down the coast heading towards byron. After a few fresh strawberries, a couple of pointless runs through a cane field and a stroll along the beach it was a wrap. So now its into the editing studio and after some cutting and cropping I will have 3 new videos ready to go. Can’t wait to show you. Now to a sad note. My good friend and mentor Craig Huth or as many knew him Diceman passed away. He was a huge influence on me and a massive supporter in my career from when I was little and every step since then. He will be greatly missed in our community and by me personally. RIP mate.

James Johnston and craig Huth 2009

More Youtube Videos Coming

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So I’m very excited to getting back in the studio this week, but this time its to record 3 brand new youtube clips. I will be working with Elijah Cavanagh and George Carpenter to put together 3 new youtube clips that will be shot in HD. I will also be releasing the three covers I record on iTunes. Also this afternoon I will be doing a photo shoot as part of the art work for an upcoming original single release that will happening in late July. So its a busy week with lots to look forward to. Stay Tuned

The End and The beginning

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Well the 50 gigs in 50 days tour has reached its end. A whirlwind trip that the boys and I will never forget.
I would like to thank our sponsors.

Ashton Guitars
Barrier Signs-Taree
Stacks Law firm-Taree
Taree City Centre

Thankyou to The Australian Childrens Music fund for your support during the trip and all of our family, friends and fans who came out and supported our shows.

It doesn’t end here as I have just landed at l.A airport to meet up with Josh and our new trip begins.

First stop buy a travel guitar.

First stop buy a travel guitar.

Day 15 – Alice Springs.

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Day 15 – Alice Springs.

This trip has been full of unexpected things but winery’s and mango’s in the middle of the desert would have to be up there.

We started of day 15 with the knowledge we were heading straight for the centre of Australia and we were all pretty exited. We had about 400 kms left of the drive and got into it as soon as we woke up. It was a fairly cold nights sleep.
Something you don’t expect out in the outback is the cold weather. Even with its searing summer days it often gets down to near 0 degree temperatures at night because of the lack of cloud cover.

On the way to Alice we saw an unexpected sign for mango’s. you expect to see mango’s in tropical North Queensland but not so much in the outback. But there is was a mango winery. We took the turn and put our hand up for the free wine tasting. The boys had quiet a few samples and I had to restrain myself as I was the driver for the day. I did have a small sample however and purchased a bottle. A very late Mother’s Day present.

The landscape started to change. The red rock rose out of the earth in great ranges. And as our phones started to go wild from 5 days of missed messages and calls we knew we were back to civilization. We grabbed a quick photo opp with the Alice springs sign and then made our way Down the hill into the town. Alice has become a real tourist town a haven for backpackers and grey nomads alike wanting to experience the real Australian outback.

Alice was originally called Stuart an old telegraph station on the line from Darwin to Adelaide in 1862. So every where you look is remnants of the old town as well as the new tourist facade.
After a great sit down show at the Gab View hotel just on the outskirts of town. We decided to cut tomorrows drive and drive to Stuart’s well about 90ks out. The strain of the trip has started to take a tole and the flu has set in. Not what you want when you still have over 30 shows to go. We will see how it turns out.

JAMES / JOSH / MATT.
www.jamesjohnston.com.au
www.joshmccartneymusic.com.au
www.facebook.com/mattgrahammusic

Day 14 – Tenant creek

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Day 14 – Tenant creek

Today is a big one. The land of million acre properties. Camel crossings and 130kmh speed limits is up ahead. Northern Territory here we come.

We started of nice and early for day 14. We were heading for Tenant creek. A town smack bang in the middle of the territory, but we had a long way to go. The drive between Camooweal and tenant creek was about 600 kms . The biggest drive on the tour so far. We grabbed some breaky and fueled up at the servo. Something that I wasn’t aware of was the price of fuel as you get this far out, $1.79 per L and apparently is was only going to get worse.

We started the drive and it wasn’t to long until we crossed the border. The sign posts showed 130 and we put our foot down. But even with the increase speed restrictions it is still seriously a long way.
Road train after road train, the drive was becoming fairly monotonous. We were on a dead line so site seeing was limited. Today was all about the drive. But after a lot of shit talk, Paul Kelly songs and celery and peanut butter we made it with time to spare.

The show went great. It was the biggest day of the year for tenant creek. The tenant creek races brought everyone out from the farms and they were all in the mood to party. A perfect setting for a great gig.
After the show we packed up. And decided to knock over a bit of the 600ks it was to our next show at Alice springs. We ended up finding ourselves at a little road house about 4hrs north of Alice.
With all the lights off our attention was soon sent to the skies. The stars out here are incredible. The Milky Way shines bright and we sat on the roof of the van for hours and discussed life and the enormity of the universe that surrounds us. Such an incredible way to experience the outback and not a bad way to wrap up day 14.

JAMES / JOSH / MATT.
www.jamesjohnston.com.au
www.joshmccartneymusic.com.au
www.facebook.com/mattgrahammusic

Day 13 – Camooweal

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Day 13 – Camooweal

Something that always surprises me on this trip is how generous Australians are and none were more so than the folk in the little community of Camooweal.
Day 13 started of pretty crazy. we had a bit of down time so we decided to go and look around the town. The night before Matt had damaged his phone so a quick walk into Telstra was needed. I on the other hand was searching for some travelling music, Macklemore on repeat is great, but after 2500ks your wanting to hear something new. I got it sorted and purchased the new Paul Kelly CD something very different to what we had been listening to but it was great to listen to a story teller of a different kind. We then had a short drive, well short for outback standards. 258 km away was our next gig.

On the drive Josh got his first upset. A local cop sitting just outside of town was hiding. Josh is always the sensible driver and I can say that cause I don’t always fall into the same category. But with josh comfortably sitting on 57 in what he though was a 60 zone the unmistakable howl from the police sirens rang out. Josh, still confident he was doing the right thing. Was trying to figure out why on earth he would be doing a random breathe test at 3 o’clock on a Friday afternoon but what he failed to miss was the school zone signs he had just passed. So after a stern word and a bit if pleading from our end josh was send off 220 dollars poorer and 3 points worse off.

Camooweal was by far the smallest town we had been to so far on this journey, with only 310 people on a good day. There was the pub the servo and the corner store and besides from a couple of tin shacks that was about it. We really didn’t know how the show would go over in such a small place. But it went off.
We played late into the night.

At every show we always talk about the great work of the ACMF and hope to raise a bit of money for them. But on this night we didn’t need to even ask. As soon as the word got around about this great cause so did the hat and quickly an old Akubra full of coins and notes was placed in front of us. After later counting it the town had thrown in over $500 dollars. Not a bad effort at all for a town of only a bit over 300 people.
Thanks guys.

JAMES / JOSH / MATT.
www.jamesjohnston.com.au
www.joshmccartneymusic.com.au
www.facebook.com/mattgrahammusic

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