Sydney based band, Jonah’s Road, has developed a significant following in the Australian music scene over the past few years. The contemporary sound is a feature gaining them many new fans and the respect of their peers thanks to fantastic live shows, tight vocal harmonies and great songwriting.
The highly anticipated new album, Counting Down The Days, was released in January 2007 and is expected to repeat the success of the band’s multi-award winning first album Hold On. Jay, John & Rodney spent most of 2006 writing and recording the album. It was recorded and co-produced by Matt Fell at Love Hz studios and mixed by Robbie Specogna at Main Street Studios. The result is a collection of upbeat songs and soaring ballads highlighting the harmony-driven, country-pop sound for which the band is becoming well known. The first radio single is the title track Counting Down The Days which is an upbeat song written by Jay & Jasper Somerville-Collie in collaboration with Travis List.
Recent reviews about the new album include:
“Counting Down the Days is a highly appealing, very well-produced album full of catchy, appealing and superbly-crafted songs. More importantly, it is an album that touches the heart, makes you laugh, and provides an insight into human nature.”
“The vocals alone make this a memorable album, but add in the musicianship, the songs and that intangible magic that comes from a tight-knit band and Counting Down the Days is a real winner.”
Sue Jarvis, CAPITAL NEWS
“….this album has the depth and genre-crossing ability that will appeal to not only country music fans but also music lovers generally.”
“Counting Down The Days is a seriously exciting album not just for Jonah’s Road, but also for a burgeoning Australian country music industry looking for its next big export.”
Alan Logan, PURE COUNTRY
Jonah’s Road commenced 2007 with the news that the track Why Does She Love Me won Song Of The Year in the inaugural ICE Awards and won Best Group at the People’s Choice Awards. Recent award nominations include finalists in the TIARAs for Best Group and Finalists in the Victorian & National awards for Best Group and Best Independent Release.
In addition to writing and recording the new album in 2006, Jay, John and Rodney had a busy 12 months performing at major festivals all over the country and taking a trip to Nashville where their contemporary sound was well received. They established great contacts and introduced some key industry players to the music of Jonah's Road.
The debut album Hold On was released in September 2004 and received great feedback from fans, music industry personnel and the media. The release of the album led to several awards and host of nominations for the band:
• Won the Best Country Album in the 2006 US based Independent Music Awards for their debut album Hold On.
• Won Best Group in the 2006 TIARAs (Tamworth Independent Artists Recognition Awards).
• Winners of the Best Independent Release at the Victorian & National Country Music Awards in Feb 2005, where they also had Top 5 finalist nominations for Best New Talent and Song of the Year.
• At Tamworth in 2005 they were nominated for 2 Golden Guitar Awards for Best New Talent and Best Vocal Group/ Duo, a TIARA for Best Group/ Duo and a Top 10 Golden Guitar nomination for Best Album.
• In addition to their success at Musicoz in 2003 (won Mark Holden Producer Prize), Jonah’s Road was named in the Top 5 for the Country category in the 2004 Musicoz Awards and was named as finalists in the Pop category in the 2005 Musicoz Awards.
• The writers of the first Jonah’s Road single, Getting By Without You (Jay Collie, John Kater & Jasper Somerville-Collie) were also nominated in the Top 12 of the Country section of the International Songwriting Competition in 2004 and in the Semi-Finals in 2006 for the song Giddy Up.
• Jonah’s Road was nominated as finalists in the 2005 Telstra Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards for Single of the Year and Album of the Year and were nominated in 2006 for Best Group.
In both their recordings and live shows, Jay, John & Rodney showcase the harmony-driven, country-pop sound for which Jonah's Road is fast becoming known. Their festival appearances in particular have seen them develop a big fan base which has been strengthened by the radio singles all doing well in the country music airplay charts.
The singles have also been added to mass distribution services such as Satellite Music Australia, Qantas Inflight radio and AIR (radio on Foxtel). In addition, a translated cover version of Getting By Without You was recorded by Slovakian Pop Idol Superstar Martin Kelescenyi and has been released by Sony/BMG in Europe.
Jonah’s Road has developed a reputation for fantastic live shows and their appearances at the Deni Ute Muster and Mud Bulls and Music festival in 2006, Gympie Muster in 2004 and 2005, Whittlesea CM festival in 2006, the Central Coast CM Festival in 2005 & 2006 and the Tamworth festival in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007 have gained them many fans from around the country.
The comments on the Jonah’s Road Myspace site http://www.myspace.com/jonahsroad , Forum http://forums.countryfans.com.au/index.php?showforum=19 and the guestbook on the official website http://www.jonahsroad.com/guestbook are indicative of the feedback the band has received at live shows and their popularity is growing rapidly.
With the new album, plans for plenty of live work and follow up from their trip to Nashville, Jay, John Rodney are looking forward to a very exciting year ahead.
For more information go to www.jonahsroad.com or contact Sue Linsen, Bunza Entertainment: 02 9630 0666 (ph), 0421 329 401 (mb), or email firstname.lastname@example.org