John Harley Weston

CREATIVE ART PRACTICES Performance Work, Artist in Residence, Recording, Songwriting/Composing
You walk in to a bar somewhere in the middle of this painted desert we call life and there's a really hot ‘unknown' singer-songwriter ripping it up in the corner. His voice and songs are so good you think, 'Why haven't I heard of this guy before?' It’s rock with elements of country, folk and blues but it’s the soulfulness that gets you. John Harley Weston has Springsteen’s honesty, Paul Rodgers’ soul, Brandon Flowers pop sensibility and vintage Neil Diamond’s ease. Originally from Scotland John now lives on Tamborine Mountain, Australia. His first taste of success was as lead singer and co-writer with Scottish band Frontier, signed to major UK label Phonogram in the 90’s. Since then John has scaled the dizzy heights and depths of the music industry. After moving to the land downunder in ’97, his career as an independent musician has gone from strength to strength. He won the Australian National Songwriting Contest in 2005 (rock category) with the song ‘Last Days Of Summer’. Since then he has received accolades from Unisong and Billboard World Songwriting Contests for songs on both his solo albums ‘Hope Harbour’ and ‘Welcome Back To Reality’. He was voted one of the best vocalists in the independent music world at Singeruniverse by heavyweight music publisher Dale Kawashima. John also held the number one spot for an entire 6 months on the Australian Indie Radio Charts with his humanitarian song ‘Brothers And Sisters’. John’s music was featured on Channel 9's 'The Voice' (2012) and added to Channel 7’s Beijiing Olympics playlist (2008). His hard work has scored him endorsement deals with Takamine Guitars, D'Addario Strings & Neumann Microphones. No mean feat for an independent artist. In his long musical journey John has worked with some of the cream of the music industry, including Gary Katz (Steeley Dan), Sandy Jones (Wet Wet Wet), Ian Kewley (Paul Young), Kenny McDonald (Texas), Paul Wix (Paul McCartney) and Tony Beard (Jeff Beck, Hall and Oates) and recorded at world famous studios Rockfield (birthplace of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody), Peter Gabriel's Real World and George Martin's Air Studio. In Australia John has released two albums 'Hope Harbour' (2004) and 'Welcome Back To Reality' (2008) and a single 'Road To Victory' for the Brisbane Lions Aussie rules football team via Festival/Mushroom Records (1999). As well as TV appearances and radio interviews John’s played hundreds of shows supporting acts like Wet Wet Wet, Duran Duran, Lighthouse Family, Indigo Girls and John ‘Swanee’ Swan at venues such as Wembley Arena, Manchester GMex, Birmingham NEC, London Astoria, Glasgow Barrowlands, King Tuts, as well as gigs for the Queensland Premier, Gold Coast Mayor and Scenic Rim Mayor. John is currently gigging and working on a new album as well as pitching songs to film & television.