John Harley Weston has been a singer-songwriter for over 20 years. Coupled with award winning songwriting talents John has extensive experience as an Art Director in the Film Industry and previous experience as a Tour Travel Coordinator for major touring music acts.
As a musician he has supported major acts Wet Wet Wet, Duran Duran, Lighthouse Family, Indigo Girls, John 'Swanee' Swan and performed at Wembley Arena, Sheffield Arena, Manchester GMex, Birmigham NEC, Glasgow Barrowlands, Gold Coast Arts Centre (Unplugged In The Basement), Rics Bar Brisbane, Southbank Piazza, Brisbane, Carrara Indoor Stadium, Gold Coast, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, the 6* Palazzo Versace Hotel Gold Coast, Brunelli's on Tamborine Mountain and the Boardwalk on Hope Island.
Solo gigs include shows for the Queensland Premier, Gold Coast Mayor, Beaudesert Shire Mayor, Brisbane Lions Aussie Rules team and Queensland Cancer Council.
Worked with producers/engineers Gary Katz (Steeley Dan), Sandy Jones (Wet Wet Wet), Ian Kewley (Paul Young), Dave Bascombe (Tears For Fears), Kenny McDonald (Texas), Steve Jackson (Bryan Adams), Adam Moseley (U2, Wolfmother, Lenny Kravitz, Rush, Beck, John Cale), Tony Philips (Seal) and session players such as Wix (Paul McCartney), Tony Beard (Jeff Beck, Hall and Oates, Wycliff Jean, Madonna), Graham Broad (Go West) and more.
Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales (birthplace of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody), Peter Gabriel's Real World Studio, George Martin's Air Studio in London, Jacobs Farm in Surrey England, Parklane Studio in Glasgow, Pete Townsend's Eel Pie Studio in London, Rooster 2 in London, Red Zeds in Brisbane and many more
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
Music used on Channel 9’s ‘The Voice’ Australia (2012). Song titles Whatever Makes You Happy and Let Your Life Begin.
Channel 7 Television added 2 songs to their Beijing Olympics playlist in 2008. Song titles Believe In Yourself and Waltzing Matilda. Approximately five million Australians watched the official broadcast.
Winner of the Australian National Songwriting Contest 2005 - rock category (rock) Song title is 'Last Days Of Summer' featured on John's album 'Hope Harbour'.
Nominated for a Gold Coast Honours Award 2008 in Entertainment by readers of the Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper. (There are half a million people on the Gold Coast of Australia). The awards, now in their 6th year, recognise those who inspire the community with creative spirit, courage, sense of community and passion in their chosen field.
John’s song ‘Brothers and Sisters’ spent the entire first 6 months of 2007 at number one on the Isonlive Aussie Radio Charts. Isonlive Radio syndicate shows to over 200 stations around the globe.
Voted one of the top 5 best vocalists in the music world by heavy weight US Music Publisher Dale Kawashima (Sony ATV/Giant/Mercury)
Major endorsement deals with Takamine Guitars, D’Addario Strings and Neuman Microphones. No mean feat for an independent artist.
Top 20 at the Unisong international Songwriting Contest 2005/6 with ‘Last Days Of Summer’ co-written with Tony Beard. Also got a high honourable mention for 'Brothers And Sisters'. This competition is judged by the likes of Desmond Child (Jimmy Barnes, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Cher, Kiss, Robbie Williams, Hall and Oates, Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson) and Dianne Warren (Elton John, Tina Turner, Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Mary J Blige, Christine Aguilera).
Two songs ‘Believe In Yourself' and 'Let Your Life Begin' received Highest Level Honourable Mention and Honourable Mention respectively at Billboard World Songwriting Contest 2006/7 (14th Annual). Highest level Honourable mention for 'Last Days of Summer' and Honourable Mention for humanitarian lament, 'Brothers & Sisters' in the 2005/6 (13th Annual) and another Honourable Mention (2006/7 - 14th annual) for 'Be Careful What You Wish For' co-written with John's old band mate, Frontier guitarist Brian BJ Cunningham, after Frontier fans asked for a new song over a decade after the band split.
John has appeared live on Channel 7 television and had interviews aired on Channel 9 television.
Released 2 independent albums ‘Welcome Back To Reality’ (2008) and Hope Harbour’ (2004) a single ‘The Road To Victory' (1999) via Festival/Mushroom Records (Fido label) for Brisbane Lions Aussie rules football team.
Performed on Channel 7 & Channel 9. The Channel 7 video was played on big screen at Gabba in run up to finals.
In early 90's - signed to major label Phonogram/Polygram London (Now Mercury Records) as lead singer/songwriter with Scottish band ‘Frontier'. Recorded album. Released 2 singles, ‘Lonely Heart' and ‘The Sun is Gonna Shine Again'. Video release and extensive promotional tours including television, radio and press.
PAST GIGS 2015:
04/07/2015 - Aratula Winter Harvest Festival, Aratula Community Sports Complex
23/01/15 - The Centre, Beaudesert - Scenic Rim Regional Council Australia Day Awards
PAST GIGS 2013:
29/6/13 - Winter Harvest Festival - Aratula Community Sports Complex
23/4/13 - The Centre, Beaudesert ‘Show Us your Arts' Arts Dinner Event
3/3/13 - The Escarpment Retreat - Tamborine Mountain
25/1/13 - The Centre, Beaudesert - Australia Day Awards & Ceremony For Scenic Rim Council
PAST GIGS 2009:
14/11/09 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
10/10/09 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
12/9/2009 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
23/8/09 - Tastes Of The Broadwater Family Street Festival - free event
9/7/09 - ABC Coast FM 91.7 radio session for Soundwaves Show
Interviewer Briony Petch - John performed 6 original songs7/03/09 - Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
26/02/09 – Gold Coast Arts Centre (Unplugged In The Basement)
7/02/09 - Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
26/1/09 – Australia Day opening of Frascott Park, Varsity Lakes, Robina, Gold Coast City Council
3/01/09 - Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
PAST GIGS 2008:
20/12/2008 - Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
6/12/2008 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
30/11/2008 - BBC Scotland (presenter Iain Anderson) radio play - listen here 'Whatever Makes You Happy'
16/11/2008 - Brunelli's restaurant, Tambrine Mountain, Queensland
1/11/2008 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
12/10/2008 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
6/09/2008 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
11/8/2008 - BBC Scotland (presenter Iain Anderson) radio play - listen here 'Waltzing Matilda'
10/08/2008 - 'The Artist' Festival, Gold Coast Parklands, Southport, Queensland www.theartist.net.au
2/8/2008 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
1/8/2008 - Interview with Radio 2RDJ 88.1FM (Sydney) www.radio2rdj.com
18/7/2008 - BBC Scotland (presenter Iain Anderson) radio play 'Waltzing Matilda'
5/07/20080 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
14/06/08 - Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
31/5/08 - Album launch - Carrara Stadium - Cancer Council Queensland’s ‘Relay For Life’
23/5/08 - ABC Coast FM radio interview with Trevor Jackson. Played 'Waltzing Matilda' live and airplay for 'Let Your Life Begin'.
3/5/08 - Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
5/4/08 - Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
23/3/08 – Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn, Queensland
1/3/08 - Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
22/02/08 - Southport Sharks Club, Southport, Qld
9/02/08 – Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
11/1/08 – Southport Sharks Club, Southport, Qld
5/01/08 – Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
PAST GIGS 2007:
22/12/07 - Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
2/12/07 - Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
3/11/07 - Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
6/10/07 - Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
20/09/07 - The Centre, Brisbane Rd, Beaudesert (originals from 6:30-7pm then panelist re promotion and marketing from an independent musicain's point of view.
1/9/07 – Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
24/8/07 – Southport Sharks Club, Southport, Qld
4/8/07 – Marina Shopping Ctr, Hope Island, Qld
8/7/07 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn, Queensland
7/7/07 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
10/06/07 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn, Queensland
8/6/07 - Southport Sharks (Mako Lounge), Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Avenues, Southport, Qld
2/2/06 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
13/5/07 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn, Queensland
5/5/07 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hop
e Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
22/4/07 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn, Queensland
21/4/07 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
15/4/07 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn, Queensland
13/4/07 - Southport Sharks (by Griffith Uni), Mackenzie's Sports Bar, Southport, Qld
1/4/07 - Rathdowney Heritage Festival, Rathdwney, Queensland
25/3/07 - Guest appearance at album launch of country singer-songwriter Kelly Llewellyn, The Gem Hotel, Jacobswell Rd, Alberton (near Yatala), Queensland
16/3/07 - Lake Kawana Community Centre, Bokarina, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
9/3/07 - Southport Sharks (by Griffith Uni), Mackenzie's Sports Bar, Southport, Qld
3/3/07 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
25/2/07 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn, Queensland
24/2/07 - 'Sounds Of The Shire' In conj with Beau FM Radio Station at 'The Centre' Beaudesert Arts Centre, Beaudesert, Queensland
9/02/07 - Southport Sharks (by Griffith Uni), Mackenzie's Sports Bar, Southport, Qld
3/2/07- Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
27/01/07 - Palazzo Versace, Main Beach, Gold Coast - Le Jardin Bar
26/01/07 - The Queensland Premier's Australia Day Celebration, The Piazza - Southbank, Brisbane
7/01/07 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn, Qld
13/01/07 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
PAST GIGS 2006:
31/12/06 - Songbirds Rainforest Retreat (Queensland's Restaurant Of The Year 2006), Tamborine Mountain5/01/07 - Southport Sharks, Mackenzie's Sports Bar beer garden, Southport, Qld
23/12/06 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Isl, Qld
10/12/06 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn, Qld
26/11/06 - Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island, Qld
24/11/06 - Southport Sharks, Mackenzie's Sports Bar beer garden, Southport, Qld
11/11/06 - Palazzo Versace, Main Beach, Gold Coast, Le Jardin Bar
04/11/06 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
28/10/06 - BIRDMAN EVENT at Hope Island - Harley's Restaurant
22/10/06 - Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island, Qld
15/10/06 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn, Qld
13/10/06 - Support to John 'Swanee' Swan, St Bernards Hotel, Tamborine Mtn, Qld
7/10/06 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland
6/10/06 - ABC Coast FM radio session 9pm-10pm. Interview and live acoustic performance. Live to air on Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. Played Be Careful - Frontier song.
1/10/06 - Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island, Qld
24/9/06 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn
17/9/06 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn
10/9/06 - Acoustic In The Park Event by Southbank Corp, Southbank Brisbane
9/9/06 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast
2/9/06 - Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast
26/08/06 - private function, Heritage Wines, Tamborine Mtn
13/8/6 – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane – originals gig
13/8/6 – ABC 612 Radio session live from Ekka (Royal Brisbane Show), Brisbane – interview and performed 'Beautiful Day In The City' and 'Last Days Summer' live
4/08/06 – St Bernards Htl, Tamborine Mtn, Swanee support gig
30/07/06 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn, Qld
27/07/06 - performance for Gold Coast mayor Ron Clark - civin reception for Country Football Association (AFL). Council Chambers, Bundall, Gold Coast.
22/07/06 - Palazzo Versace, Main Beach, Gold Coast (Le Jardin Bar)
22/07/06 - Phoenix Rising (benefit gig), Vonda Youngman Theatre, Tamborine Mountain, Qld
02/07/06 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn
01/07/06 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island
24/06/06 - Palazzo Versace, Le Jardin Bar, Main Beach, Gold Coast
18/06/06 - Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
4/6/06 - Boardwalk Tavern - Hope Island
28/5/06 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn
21/5/06 - Boardwalk Tavern
20/5/06 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island
13/05/06 - Palazzo Versace, Main Beach, Gold Coast
7/5/06 - Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
29/4/06 - Palazzo Versace, Main Beach, Gold Coast
23rd April, Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn
22nd April - Support to John 'Swanee' Swan, The Forest Café, Tamborine
21st April - Support to 'Future Native' '3Worlds' Mermaid Beach
16/4/06 - Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
8/4/06 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast
2/4/06 - Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island, Qld
26/3/05 - Bearded Dragon, Tamborine, Qld
19/03/06 - Brunelli's Restaurant, Tamborine Mtn
12/03/06 - Brunelli's Restaurant, Tamborine Mtn
11/3/06 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast
14/02/06 - Palazzo Versace, Main Beach, Gold Coast
11/2/06 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island
5/2/06 - Bearded Dragon, Tamborine, Qld
25/01/06 - Heritage Wines for Mayor of Beaudesert Shire and councillors - Aust Day Celebrations
14/01/06 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island, Gold Coast
PAST GIGS 2005:
18/12/05 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn
11/12/05 - Soprano's, Main Beach, Gold Coast
4/12/05 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn
2/12 - Coast FM radio play
20/11/05 Joyfest Music Festival, Gold Coast
13/11/05 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mtn
12/11/05 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island
23/10/05 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mountain
29/10/05 - private function
15/10/05 - Chartz Restaurant, Hope Island
9/10/05 - Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
17/9/05 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island
14/9/05 - private function
28/8/05 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mountain
21/8/5 - Brunelli's, Tamborine Mountain
6/8/05 - Marin Shopping Centre, Hope Island
3/8/05 - Evandale Council Chambers, G. Coast, Art Exhibition/Marek Coowatch
17/7/05 - Brunelli's Restaurant, Tamborine Mtn
10/7/05 - Brunelli's Restaurant, Tamborine Mtn
2/7/05 - 101.5 community Radio Station Logan, Qld 10:20pm played 'Can't Buy Love' and 'Love Is The Mystey' off the album 'Hope harbour'
2/7/05 - Chartz Restaurant, Hope Island
19/6/05 - Brunelli's Restaurant
16/6/05 - Channel 9 Gold Coast 'Extra' TV interview aired at 5:30pm
13/6/05 - Channel 9 Brisbane 'Extra' TV interview aired at 5:30pm
12/6/05 - Harley's at Marina Shopping Centre Hope Island. (Birdman Event) 9/6/05 - Renee Peterson Sea FM 'Fat 30' and 'Oz Made' presenter played 'Last Days of Summer' on 'Oz Made' around 10:30pm. She will feature the track for a week over next couple of weeks.
4/6/05 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island
3/6/05 - ABC Coast FM interview with Peter Scott - playeed Last Days Of Summer on air
2/6/05 - Wests, Ashfield, Sydney - performed at Aust National Songwriting Contest Gala Awards night - picking up the gong for winning best rock song 2005.
2/6/05 - ABC Coast FM telephone interview with Briony Petch - played Last Days of Summer on air.
29/5/05 - Brunelli's Restaurant, Tamborine Mtn
21/5/05 - Hope Island - private function
19/5/05 - Gold Coast City Council - private function
15/5/05 - Brunelli's Restaurant, Tamborine Mtn
14/5/05 - ABC Coast Fm telephone interview (Jennifer Eden)
9/5/05 -ABC Coast FM radio session (Jodie Gunders)
7/5/05 - Marina Shopping Centre, Hope Island
25/4/05 - The Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
24/4/05 - Coomera Lodge Hotel, Upper Coomera
17/04/05 - Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
10/4/5 - Coomera Lodge Hotel, Maudsland Rd, Upper Coomera
2/4/5 Marina Shopping Village (near Bilo), Hope Island
27/3/5 - Seafood and Wine Festival, Harley's Restaurant, Hope Island
13/3/05 – The Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
7/3/05 – Radio session ABC Coast FM 1:30pm (Martin Powley)
5/3/05 – Marina Shopping Village, Hope Island
27/2/05 - Canungra Loggers Rugby League Club fundraiser, Canungra Showgrounds
26/2/05 - Album launch for 'Our Backyard' compilation album Beaudesert Community Sports Club - in conjuction with Beau FM radio station and CBF and AMRAP. The album features one of JHW's songs 'Last Days Of Summer' which also appears on John's album Hope Harbour. The other tracks feature several Beaudesertshire acts including Bo Jenkins, Future Native. The compilation album is being distributed to over 340 radio stations nationwide in January 2005 as a palatable appetiser promoting Beaudesertshire musicians.
20/2/05 - Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
13/02/05 - Coomera Lodge Hotel, Upper Coomera
12/02/05 - Marina Shopping Village, Hope Island
11/2/05 - St Bernards Hotel, Mount Tamborine
6/02/5 - The Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
4/02/05 - Lone Star Tavern, Mermaid Waters
30/1/05 - St Bernards Hotel, Mt Tamborine
29/1/05 - Private Function Tugun Surf Club
29/1/05 - ABC612 radio session Brisbane - Warren Boland presenter
26/1/05 - Tsunami Benefit Concert, Vonda Youngman Centre, Mt Tamborine 26/1/05 - St Bernards Hotel, Mount Tamborine
23/1-/5 - The Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
20/1/05 - Beau FM radio session 8-9pm
16/1/05 - Coomera Lodge Hotel, Upper Cooemra
14/1/05 - Lone Star Tavern Mermaid Waters
8/01/05 - Marina Shopping Village, Hope Island
PAST GIGS 2004:
19/12/04 - Coomera Lodge Hotel, Upper Coomera
12/12/04 - Boardwalk Tavern Hope Island
4/12/04 - Marina Shopping Village, Hope Island
28/11/04 - Coomer Lodge Hotel, Upper Coomera
21/11/04 - The Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
6/11/04 - Marina Shopping Village, Hope Island
31/10/04 - Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
24/10/04 - Coomer Lodge Hotel, Upper Coomera
10/10/04 - Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
2/10/04 - Marina Shopping Village, Hope Island
26/09/04 - Coomera Lodge Hotel, Upper Coomera
17/9/04 - Lone Star Tavern, Mermaid Waters
11/9/04 - Rosella Jam's Spring Soiree, Nerang Bicentenial Hall
4/9/04 - Marina Shopping Village, Hope Island
29/8/04 - Coomera Lodge hotel, Upper Coomera
14/8/04 - Trocc Cafe, Surfers Paradise
8/8/04 - Boarwalk Tavern, Hope Island
25/7/04 - Harley's Oyster Bar, Hope Island
16/7/04 - The Lone Star Tavern, Mermaid Waters
27/6/04 - Harley's Oyster Bar, Hope Island
13/6/04 - The Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
28/5/04 - RADIO ABC Coast FM 91.7 ‘The Set' - l ive 2:30-3pm
28/5/04 - The Lone Star Tavern, Mermaid Waters
14/5/04 - The Robin Hood, Sanctuary Cove
9/5/04 - Harley's Oyster Bar, Hope Island
7/5/04 - Marble Bar, Southport - Hush songwriters platform
5/5/04 - Private Function Gold Coast Tourism, Pink Elephant, Surfers P
2/5/04 - The Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
2/5/04 - Feast on Burleigh Festival
25/4/04 - Tipplers, South Stradbroke Island Resort
21/4/04 - The Robin Hood, Sanctuary Cove (album launch)
16/4/04 - Lone Star Tavern, Mermaid Waters
10/4/04 - McGinty's Irish Bar & Restaurant, Broadbeach
8/4/04 - The Koala Tavern, Capalaba
14/3/04 - The Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island
12/3/04 - The Robin Hood, Sanctuay Cove
7/3/04 - Chancellor's Resort Hope Harbour
6/3/04 - Music Cafe, Tellebudgera Valley Community Centre
5/3/04 - The Robin Hood, Sanctuary Cove
27/2/04 - Th Robin Hood, sanctuary Cove
21/2/04 - Lakes Café, Varsity Lakes, Robina
20/2/04 - The Robin Hood, Sanctuary Cove
8/2/04 - The Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island, Qld
25/1/04 - Mattaccino's Café, Hope Island, Qld
10/1/04 Mattaccino's Café, Hope Island, Qld
PAST GIGS 2003:
31/12/03 - The Robin Hood, Sanctuary Cove
12/12/03 -Wax Lyrical songwriters platform, Brunswick Hotel, Brisbane
9/12/03 - The Robin Hood, Sanctuary Cove
6/12/03 December 2003 - The Robin Hood, Sanctuary Cove
PAUL PITICCO (manager of one of Australia's biggest bands Powderfinger, Bernard Fanning and the Grates) says 'Congrats mate. DIY has worked great for you .....you should write a "how to" book. It has been great to watch it grow. Here's to your continued success'.
MARK HOLDEN - (Australian Idol judge, music producer and songwriter)
Hi John.....really good site you have for listening - excellent material - good onya...'
KHALIQ GLOVER (Los Angeles based Grammy award winning recording/mixing engineer for Prince, Justin Timberlake, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Santana, Sting, Marcus Miller) says 'Wow, you sound great. Great songs and craftmanship and your singing is spot on..'
TONY BEARD (drummer/guitarist with Peter Frampton, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bee Gees, Daryl Hall, Dave Stewart, Jeff Beck, Wyclef Jean, Madonna, Paul McCartney). He says the first single 'Whatever Makes You Happy' is a hit and a great metaphor'.
JOHN 'SWANEE' SWAN (Iconic Australian rock singer - Swanee co-wrote one of the songs on John Harley Weston's new album). He says, 'The album sounds great John. I loved being allowed into your life as an artist and a friend. You can hold your head up very high my friend, your a class act.'
COLIN BUDDS (Australian Film/TV Director) says 'the song 'Righteous son' makes you really take notice.....this new album sounds like it's going to be the more essential John Harley Weston'. (Righteous Son is about the Australian Van Nguyen who was hanged in Singapore for carrying drugs).
The above quotes/testimonials have all been authorised.
CHANNEL 7 TELEVISION COVERAGE - 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS
Channel 7 Television Network have chosen two of John Harley Weston’s songs (‘Believe In Yourself’ and ‘Waltzing Matilda’) to add to their 2008 Beijing Olympics playlist. Statistics say that 5 million Australians will be watching the official broadcast on Channel 7. The games will also stream online at Yahoo7 and on mobile phones via Telstra BigPond. Both songs are on John’s new album ‘Welcome Back To Reality’.
NOMINATED FOR GOLD COAST HONOURS AWARD 2008
John Harley Weston was nominated for a Gold Coast Honours Award 2008 by readers of the Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper. (There are half a million people on the Gold Coast of Australia). The awards, now in their 6th year, recognise those who inspire the community with creative spirit, courage, sense of community and passion in their chosen field. John says, ‘I’m humbled to be nominated for a Gold Coast Honours Award. It’s great to be able to spread the word to other musicians that hard work along with support for organisations like Cancer Council Queensland or Amnesty International can physically help people and inspire others to do more and be better. Realists just live in the world but idealists create the better parts of the world we live in’. More here.
WINNING THE PRESTIGIOUS AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST 2005 (ROCK CATEGORY)
'Last Days Of Summer', the first track on John's first independent album 'Hope Harbour' (2004), won the Australian National Songwriting Contest 2005 - Rock category. This is a very prestigious national competition run by the Australian Songwriters Association. John received the award in Sydney performing at the Gala Awards night in front of the movers and shakers of Australian Music Industry. Click here to see it on Australian Songwriting Association website.
in 2007 - 14 entries (9 songs in 6 categories) just went through to the 2nd round of judging at the 2007 Australian National Songwriting Contest.
TOP 20 AT NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT UNISONG INTERNATIONL SONGWRITING CONTEST 2005/6
Top 20 at the 10th annual Unisong World Songwriting Contest 2005/6 with 'Last Days Of Summer'. This is the competition that gave birth to songwriters Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Buffet, Stewart Copeland, Mick Fleetwood, Indigo Girls, Glady's Knight, Peter Frampton, Lisa Loeb, Bonnie Raitt, Don Was and well, I'm sure you get the picture.
BILLBOARD WORLD SONGWRITING CONTEST ACCOLADES
14th annual Billboard World Songwriting Contest 2006/7 - Highest Level Honourable Mention 'Believe In Yourself'. Honourable Mention 'Let Your Life Begin' (Both songs feature on John's album 'Welcome Back To Reality' 2008).
13th annual Billboard World Songwriting Contest 2005 - Highest Level Honourable Menton for 'Last Days Of Summer' and an Honourable Mention for 'Brothers and Sisters'. (Both songs featured on John's album 'Hope Harbour' 2004).
14th Annual Billboard World Songwriting Contest 2006/7 - another Honourable Mention for a song John co-wrote with old U.K. band mate BJ cunningham from the Scottish band 'Frontier'. 'Be Careful What You Wish For' was released as a single after fans demanded a new Frontier song. See http://www.myspace.com/thebandfrontier
VOTED ONE OF THE TOP 5 BEST SINGERS IN THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC WORLD
John Harley Weston has been voted one of the top 5 best vocalists in the independent music world by Dale Kawashima a heavy-weight U.S. Music Publisher Kawashima as a music publisher has supervised and represented many of the world's top catalogs, including the songs of the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Little Richard, Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager, and Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly. He has worked as an executive at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Irving Azoff's Giant Records, Mercury Records, and Jobete Music (the publishing division of Motown Records). See it on singeruniverse website by clicking here and scrolling down to JohnHarley Weston song Last Days Of Summer.
RADIO STATION (PLAYLIST ROTATION) TO DATE FOR SONGS ON NEW ALBUM 'WELCOME BACK TO REALITY' (2008)
Following radio stations have already playlisted songs. Fans can contact them to make additional play requests by clicking on links and emailing to ask for 'Whatever Makes You Happy' or 'Waltzing Matilda' or anything on John Harley Weston's album 'Welcome Back To Reality';
OVERSEAS RADIO SO FAR:
BBC Radio Scotland (presenter Iain Anderson) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0074hkv or listen live to Waltzing Matilda on BBC here
More BBC Scotland airplay in November 2008. Listen live to 'Whatever Makes You Happy' on BBC's St Andrews Day Show here
Indie104 iRadio L.A. (The huge Los Angeles, USA based ‘Internet Radio Station of The Year’ at http://www.iradiola.com
Underworld Mix Radio (Fort Wayne Indiana, USA - with over 100,000 listeners in 20 countries at http://www.underworldmixradio.com
Phibble Radio (Idaho Falls, USA - John is being played on ‘Kitana’s The Music Mansion’ at http://www.musicmansion.phibble.com
Radio Crystal Blue New York USA http://radiocrystalblue.com
FM Eben-Ezer, Buenos Aires, Argentina http://www.radioebenezer.org
Radio Ijsselmond, Netherlands (presenter Berrie Koetsier – show ‘Songriver’) at http://www.omroepijsselmond.nl
Dragonland Radio, Berlin, Germany (presenter Markus Schultz & Eugen Schomer?) http://www.Dragonland-Radio.de
RadioFly1 (USA) on Live365.com 3 million visitors/month. ('Whatever Makes You Happy' & 'Beautiful Day In The City)'http://www.radiofly1.com
Rootstime Belgium Roots Radio http://www.rootstime.be
AUSTRALIAN RADIO SO FAR:
ABC612 Brisbane (presenter Warren Boland). Tune in here http://www.abc.net.au/brisbane/default.htm or listen to interview here
Radio 2RDJ 88.1FM - the voice of Sydey's inner west (presenter Barry Mac) NSW http://www.radio2rdj.com or listen to live interview here
Opal FM Lightning Ridge Community Station, NSW http://www.opalfm.com
Highland FM, Bowral, NSW http://www.highlandfm.org.au
2GLF, Liverpool, NSW http://www.893fm.com.au
Radio 97.9 Valley FM 2LVR Forbes, NSW (presenter Charmaine Pout) http://www.valleyfm.org.au
3RRR 102.7FM, Brunswick, East Melbourne, Victoria (playing 'Righteous Son' and others) http://www.rrr.org.au
3NRG, Sunbury, nr Melbourne, Victoria http://www.3nrg.org.au
3MBR Murrayville, Vic (+61 (0)3 5095 2045)
WYN FM, Deer Park, Melbourne, Victoria – Ollie’s Country (+61 (0)3 9361 2827)
96.5 Inner FM, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Vic http://www.innerfm.org.au
3RPP Radio Port Philip Bay, Victoria http://www.3rpp.asn.au
3BBR West Gipsland Radio, Victoria http://www.3bbrfm.org.au
Beau FM Radio, Beaudesert, Queensland (presenter John Robinson) http://www.beaufm.org.au
Radio 97.1 Sweet Fm, Ayr, Queensland (+61 (0)7 4782-8394)
Radio Hope Island 94.1 Queensland http://www.941fm.com.au (this station are playing song 'Wouldn't Miss A Day')
Easy FM, Port Broughton, South Australia http://www.easyfm.com.au
1089 Collie, Western Australia
2MIA 95.1FM Griffith, New South Wales http://www.2mia.dragnet.com.au (Terry Verney playing 'Waltzing Matilda')
CAAMA Radio, Alice Springs (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) http://caama.com.au (Gerry is playing 'Waltzing Matilda')
Highlands FM 100.7 Woodend, Victoria http://www.highlandsfm.org.au (Tony Bates is playing 'Waltzing Matilda')
Sweet FM, Burdekin, North Queensland http://www.sweetfm.com.au (Merle Scott playing lots of tracks off the album incl 'Waltzing Matilda')
Star FM, St Helens, Tasmania http://www.starfm.org.au (Laura Huish has playlisted John's album incl 'Waltzing Matilda')
Stereo974, Sunshine, Melbourne, Victoria http://www.stereo974.com (Bob Taylor has playlisted 'Waltzing Matilda')
We're waiting to hear from these stations here.. Please contact them to request they play John Harley Weston
RADIO STATION AIRPLAY FOR SONGS ON 'HOPE HARBOUR ALBUM (2004).
In addition to many of the above stations we also received playlist rotation on:
Radio Vega at http://www.vega915.com.au (song title Last Days Of Summer)
Aussie Independent Radio Charts http://www.isonliveradio.com (see feature article below - #1 for 6 months)
Indie104 iRadio L.A. http://www.iradiola.com (Beautiful Day In The City)
Nashville's http://www.moozikooradio.com (Beautiful Day In The City, Last Days Of Summer & Brothers and Sisters)
Tampa Bay Indies USA http://www.bspass.com (Last Days of Summer and Brothers and Sisters)
USA's Radio Fly1 http://www.radiofly1.com (Beautiful Day In The City)
Dr Lou's Radio Show Philadelphia USAhttp://www.drloumusic.com (Beautiful day, Brothers and Sisters and Last days Of Summer)
Radio Crystal Blue New York USA http://radiocrystalblue.com (Beautiful Day, Last days Of Summer)
6 MONTHS AT #1 ON THE AUSTRALIAN INDIE RADIO CHARTS IN 2007
'Brothers and Sisters' off album 'Hope Harbour' (2004) held the #1 spot in the ILR Australian Indie Radio Charts for an entire 6 months in 2007. That's huge! Isonliveradio syndicates radio shows to over 200 radio stations worldwide and because of this we're getting heard around the world.
PRESS ARTICLES (about 'Welcome Back To Reality' album - released 31st May 2008)
Gold Coast Bulletin 5th May 2008 (new album release) PDF click here
Gold Coast Bulletin 20th May 2008 (master CD lost in post) PDF click here
Gold Coast Bulletin 31st May 2008 (10 questions) PDF click here
APRAP 'What's Happening' (Australiasian Performing Rights Association Quarterly Magazine) July 2008 - PDF click here
Phibble.com radio presenter Kitana Mahoney - John Harley Weston album review - PDF click here
Rootstime Belgium - for PDF in English click here or Dutch click here or to view article online in Dutch click here
Kilmanock Standard May 2008 (nerw album release) PDF click here
Albert & Logan News and Logan Image - June 2008 - link coming soon
Queensland Homes Magazine (album review) September Spring 2008 - view PDF here
Tweed News & Gold Coast Mail end July 2008 (Songs on the Olympic playlist) PDF link coming soon
Gold Coast Bulletin 1st August 2008 (Songs on Channel 7 Television Beijing Olympics playlist). View article online here or view PDFhere
Christie Eliezer at www.themusic.com.au (respected writer for Billboard Australasia) 'Weston Loses Mail' (1 April 2008) See article below
Christie Eliezer www.themusic.com.au 'Weston Feels a Neumann' Endorsement Neumann Microphones (30 Jan 2008) See article below
Christie Eliezer www.themusic.com.au 'Weston eyes film TV deals' (5th Aug 2008) BP Records, Channel 7, European interest. Article below
Scottish Daily Express newspaper (21 Aug 2008) About Waltzing Matilda - this article shows how a story can be bent in to any shape. PDF click here
QUICK REVIEW QUOTES ('Welcome Back To Reality' released June 2008)
'....Strong voice and instrumentally of high standard (again memories of Mellencamp) the accordion played superbly! That talent is present in the performance of the Australian classic ‘Waltzing Matilda’. With so many versions of that song Weston’s intimate translation has to be added to the gallery of the greatest'. (Freddy Celis 'Rootstime' Belgium July 2008)
'You could call John Harley Weston the latest Gold Coast Olympian....two of Weston's songs will be used by Channel 7 (television) during it's coverage of the (2008 Beijing olympic) Games'. (Steve Spinks, Gold Coast Bulletin, Australia, August 2008)
'....Remarkable is the emotionally loaded acoustic track ‘Righteous Son’ a reference to Van Nguyen a young Australian convicted and executed for drug smuggling....the beautiful sounds would also turn Bruce Springsteen green of envy'. (Freddy Celis 'Rootstime' Belgium July 2008)
'...John Harley Weston travels across many genres with passion and conviction in every word written and performed....he is a true story teller of the millenium. (Kitana Mahoney of Kitana's Music Mansion radio show at www.phibble.com USA - May 2008)
'...John writing is reminiscent of the message songs of Ben Harper and Bernard Fanning. From the cajun-flavoured first single ‘Whatever Makes You Happy’ to the Sheryl Crowesque ‘Believe In Yourself’ on to the epic self-discovery title track'. (Ian Russell, Kilmarnock Standard, May 2008).
'...The title track 'Welcome Back To Reality is a cleverly constructed Beatlesque meets Billy Joel offering, snuggled in warm backing vocals and harmonies that has you reaching for the repeat button.(Kitana Mahoney of Kitana's Music Mansion radio show www.phibble.com USA - May 2008)
A fabulous patriotic addition to this album is the unoffical Australian anthem 'Waltzing Matilda' that I believe should replace all other renditions across the globe!' (Kitana Mahoney of Kitana's Music Mansion radio show at www.phibble.com in the USA - May 2008)
PRESS ARTICLES (about 'Hope Harbour' album 2004)
Rolling Stone owned Australian Guitar Magazine - feature article (Nov 2005) PDF click here
Receiving the keys to Gold Coast City from Mayor Ron Clarke (2005/6) PDF click here (see centre of page)
Gold Coast Bulletin - feature article (Feb 2006) PDF click here
Christie Eliezer www.themusic.com.au 'Weston's Swann Song' (about working with Aussie legend John 'Swanee' Swan) May 2005 - see article below
Rave Magazine Brisbane - review - see below
Tsunami Magazine - review - see below
Queensland Homes Magazine - review - see below
QUICK REVIEW QUOTES ('Hope Harbour' album 2004)
'...well crafted rock songs with strong soulful vocals....bluesy rhythms....and a voice that strongly recalls Paul Rodgers on Free's All Right Now'. (Rave Magazine, Brisbane, Australia)
'an economical album for the masses.....late afternoon urban blues......socially aware vocal narrative.....' (Tsunami Magazine, Sunshine Coast, Australia)
‘….an album of diverse rock songs with bluesy overtones’ Robert Santos, Rolling Stone owned Australian Guitar Magazine. (Nov 2005) See PDF above.
'superb songwriting skills....mixing rock and pop and adding a pinch of country and blues his sound is original.....music is his life......John Harley Weston could quite easily have come from a mould of Van Morrison'. (Gold Coast Music Industry Association live acoustic review)
‘….Glasgow-born, Gold Coast Australia based seasoned songwriter and musician….a collection of well-crafted songs with elements of rock, pop, country and blues. Support a rising talent….’ (Queensland Homes Magazine (Summer 2004/5)
CHRISTIE ELEIZER (one of the main voices in Australian Music journalism and bureau chief of Billboard Australasia) reports breaking news at www.themusic.com.au
By Christie Eliezer 5th August 2008 'WESTON EYES FILM,TV DEALS'
Queensland singer songwriter john harley weston has signed with Sydney-based digital distributor (BP records) who place indie music in TV and films. Weston’s had a taste of this already. Two of his songs “Believe In Yourself” and “Waltzing Matilda” from his new “Welcome Back To Reality” are being used on Channel 7’s coverage of the Olympics — and Weston is slavering at the news that 5 million Australians are expected to watch the opening ceremonies. Weston’s music is getting airplay in Scotland and the Netherlands, he has 14 entries (9 songs in 6 categories) in the 2nd round of judging at the 2007 Australian National Songwriting Contest, and he’s talking to a European distributor about releasing his album and touring him.
By Christie Eliezer 1st April 2008 'WESTON LOSES MAIL':
'Qld singer songwriter john harley weston had the fright of his life when Australia Post lost the master disc to his new album “Welcome Back To Reality”. The disc, two years in the making, was sent Registered Post at the beginning of March to Sony (Sydney) for CD duplication along with the final artwork and all the necessary legal documents. Oz Post sent him around its labyrinth of ’we don’t know’ staff for a week. First good news, Sony had done the final master CD, so it could prepare another disc. Second good news, Oz Post recovered the first pack. The album is launched on Sat May 31 at Cancer Council Queensland's 'Relay For Life' fundraising benefit event at the Gold Coast Arts Centre lake area, Bundall, Gold Coast to an expected 2,000 people. Weston is playing for free and donating 20% of CD sales on the day to the charity'.
By Christie Eliezer 30 JAN 2007 'WESTON FEELS A NEUMANN':
'Queensland singer songwriter John Harley Weston has scored an endorsement deal with German based Neumann Microphones. It comes just as he begins recording his April-due second album'.
By Christie Eliezer 27th May 2005 'WESTON'S SWANN SONG':
'Tamborine Mountain based singer/songwriter John Harley Weston was celebrating his song Last Days Of Summer scoring in the rock, metal and indie category of the Australian National Songwriting Contest, when a neighbour dropped by to say they'd just sold their house. The new buyer was blues-rock singer John Swan. Two days later he was doing a gig at the Marina Shopping Village Hope Island Food and Wine Festival and singing 'If I Were A Carpenter when a bloke came through the crowd and handed him a mobile phone. It was Swanee on the other end full of praise. Swan of course had a hit twenty years ago with that song. They palled up and discovered they were born in a similar part of Glasgow. Swan will soon be heard on his brother Jim Barnes' Duets album'.