Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

New Face, New Sound Plus a Rogue Energy

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

New Face, New Sound Plus a Rogue Energy

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WHEN Natalie Bassingthwaighte announced last year that she was leaving Rogue Traders to pursue a solo career, it sent shockwaves. The saucy front-woman took the band from its cult-following to national popularity and huge commercial success.

Leveraging on her fame as Izzy Hoyland in Neighbours, Rogue Traders found themselves a new fan base outside of nightclubs where their tracks were being played on high rotation.

But without Bassingthwaighte, could Rogue Traders continue that success? Well, if Mindi Jackson has her way, absolutely.

Rogue Traders founder James Ash was determined that the band should continue and set out to find a new lead singer.

When someone tipped him off to a young performer they had seen on MySpace, Ash was quick to fire a message to Jackson asking her to audition. "I was really surprised and excited," Jackson said.

"The thing was, I only just rebuilt my MySpace page recently with some new songs and new artwork and within a week of doing that he got in touch. …

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