I was brought up in a musical household with my Dad, John Southern, fronting a number of bands and introducing us to a range of great music including Robert Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones.
I dabbled with songwriting when I was younger and also played saxophone, piano and guitar.
I took it further in 2012, releasing my first EP 'Don't ask me'. With the help of Peter Northcote, Dario Bortolin, Lloyd G, Russell Parkhouse and my Dad, we recorded 6 tracks: 5 originals and a cover of the Stones classic 'No Expectations'. The EP was quite well acclaimed. It received airplay on a number of radio stations and the opening track 'Why didn't you want me?' was selected as a finalist in the Rock category of the 2013 'MusicOz Awards'. A radio broadcaster made my day when they said that my cover of 'No Expectations' was their favourite version of the track!
Being an independent, self-funded songwriter meant it was a few years between albums but I released my second EP ‘Heart’ in 2016. 'Heart' featured Wolf Mail on guitar and Reuben Alexander on drums and contained 4 new tracks including the single 'Breakdown'. This EP too received airplay on radio stations across Australia and internationally and also made the top 100 Triple J Unearthed Charts. Three of the four tracks were also shortlisted in the 'Songsalive' song competition.
In April 2021 I released my debut full-length album 'One track mind'. The album featured Peter Austin and Nathan Cunningham on guitar, Craig Orth on bass and John Duffy on drums and was recorded at Damien Gerard Studios. It was produced by the excellent Marshall Cullen and myself.
The ‘One track mind’ album features 8 new original tracks including the singles ‘You’ and ‘Drowning’ as well as a bonus acoustic version of the track 'Wake up'. It has received extensive airplay on community radio stations made #23 on the Triple J Unearthed charts.
My music is a combination of upbeat pop rock / country rock tracks but is rooted in the music of my upbringing, with great musicianship and lots of feel. Themes of love and loss abound and are matched with a focus on strong melodies, rhythm, lyrics and instrumentation.
My musical influences include my dad and all the wonderful artists he introduced us to from a young age, not least of all the Stones. Powderfinger and The Divinyls are also key influences.
I have new music in the pipeline so please 'Stay Tuned'.
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