Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Young Star to Perform in CQ; Aussie Idol Is Springboard to Career

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Young Star to Perform in CQ; Aussie Idol Is Springboard to Career

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Byline: Bianca Box

AN Australian Idol star, James Johnston, is heading Gladstone's way next month to prove himself as one of Australia's finest young talents.

At only 18 years old James has already put his stamp on the Aussie music scene with a third placing in Australian Idol last year and now with the release of his single Rollercoaster.

Currently stationed at his hometown in Wingham, New South Wales, James is looking forward to his Queensland tour.

"Were kicking off on the second of November and it will just be a month running around Queensland," James said.

A talented singer, songwriter and entertainer, James is heading out on the road with fellow artist and long-time friend Chad Haydon and the pair have compiled a three-hour show that encapsulates the essence and rawness that only a mix of youth and experience can bring.

"(Chad and I) we have been mates since we were 12 years old and we always used to go out and party and said to each other, Cyimagine if one day we just pack up all our gear and dump it on a bus and hit the road'."

"We always thought it was an unreachable dream, but now that it is happening. It is a bit like we are actually living the dream."

Brought up on music, James has said he was heavily into country, but it wasn't until his teen years that he started playing acoustic songs and the music on his latest album.

"My parents used to be right into American country music and from a young age it was all about Garth Brooks and Elvis Presley, so whenever I would perform I would be singing their songs.

"It wasn't until I was 14 that I started on the acoustic stuff because I was really into country music and would go to Tamworth every year and one year I even got the chance to follow around Lee Kernaghan.

"These days I musically love John Mayer. I have always loved his work and I appreciate what he does as an artist," James said.

The young artist said the favourite part of the task was songwriting and putting his thoughts on paper.

"When I hit high school is when I really got into the singing and songwriting. My own sound really came out when I started putting my feelings on paper. …

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