The Next Stage

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Cover Band available for hire, based in New South Wales

Three of Australian Television’s hottest new musical stars have banded together to share their love of music in 3 distinctive unique styles and to bring their dynamic 90 minute show to their fans in person rather than just behind a television screen.

Bringing the amazing sounds of Soul, Swing, R and B and Acoustic Rock, these 3 talented men will leave their audience fighting to stay in their seats with a mash up of group and solo performances and a great story to tell.

The Men of The Next Stage

Casey Barnes - Our Acoustic Rock Guy

Before featuring as a top 12 Contestant of the 2009 Season of Australian Idol, Casey had already made his mark on the music industry and is one of Australia’s most talented, emerging singer-songwriters. One of his biggest highlights to date was opening for Bryan Adams at the outdoor concert series ‘A Day on the Green’ Following his set, the demand for his independently released album at the merchandising tent was overwhelming, with over 200 copies selling out. This was the start of something special for Casey and he has gone on to play shows alongside acts such as Eskimo Joe, Vanessa Amorossi, The Whitlams, Jack Jones and Diesel amongst others.

Casey decided it was time to explore other styles of music and test his talent. What transpired was proof there is no musical environment that he cannot adapt to. Australian DJ/Producer Marco Demark enlisted Casey to feature on his reworking of the Elton John classic, “Tiny Dancer”.

Scott Newnham – Our R n B Guy

Scott’s family have been so in the dark about his singing talent that when he showed his mum written proof of his spot in the 2009 Series of Australian Idol in Sydney this year, at first she thought it was a fake.

Working as brickies labourer, Scott had never sung in front of an audience before he blew the nation away. “I sang when I was really little to Michael Jackson, when I was about four," remembers Scott. “Then when Guy Sebastian won [Idol], I brought his album and tried to sing along to that. That’s probably the first I can remember of trying to sing.”

Growing up, Scott had his eyes on a different prize to music. “I was hell bent on playing AFL, but you’ve got to be really good - I was just OK," he says. “I’ve got different dreams now. I’d still love to play AFL but that’s more in the past - music is more my future. And it’s now more of a reality than it was before. Well, it’s more like a dream but I still haven’t woken up yet, so I’m pretty happy.”

With no musical family members that he knows of, Scott’s at a loss to explain why he’s a natural on stage. “I felt comfortable the first time I was on stage, it’s weird," he wonders. “It must just be in my bones. Some generations back I must have had a performer in the family and it’s just come back to me - there’s no one else.”

Scott’s received some great tips from both national and international music industry experts as a top 12 contestant of Australian Idol, that will ensure he has a long and successful career in the entertainment industry!

James Johnston – Our versatile guy who loves Swing.

There really isn’t much that James Johnston can’t sing. Whether it be Jazz, Rock, Country, Acoustic pop, James has versatility that leaves his audience in awe.

James has been singing on stage since the age of four. Some of his earliest performances included singing Lee Kernaghan songs in the nursery rhyme section at the local eisteddfod which caused the Eisteddfod society to create a new category the following year of early childhood country and rock. From guest appearances with local bands he had the desire to back himself on guitar and at ten years started guitar lessons.

Later that year and with a portable amp, he headed to Tamworth for his first taste of busking. Some amazing encounters included being pulled of the street by Kerrie Anne Kennelly and singing live over Sydney radio to singing along side Lee Kernaghan on an Australia day special on National TV.

During James’s teen years he performed as a soloist for seven years at Starstruck, singing everything from rock to country. During this period he performed in a jazz and swing duet performing at corporate functions.

In 2008 James finished his HSC and decided to take on music full time. Leaving for the city he soon developed regular gigs at restaurants and private functions performing modern acoustic covers and his original songs. His passion for song writing during this time, led to several acoustic/pop songs being written mainly based upon the new experiences that were occurring.

James then met his fellow Next Stage performers when chosen as one of the final contenders in 2009’s Australian Idol Series.

Together these 3 men create magic, their incredible musical connection and individual strengths deliver a show that will show you why they are Australia’s favourite performers.

For special performances around Australia, these 3 pals welcome some of their fellow contestants to add to the excitement of the show!