teenage Country Music entertainer JOSH CANNING has had his obvious
song writing talents recognised in the results of the USA based
International Song Writing Competition.
Josh entered 4 songs in the Country and Teen sections and has been
rewarded by having 2 of his songs placed in both categories.
Results are as follows:
OPEN TEEN CATEGORY…………SEMI FINALIST with his composition “THERE’S
OPEN TEEN CATEGORY…………RUNNER UP TO WINNER with his composition
OPEN COUNTRY CATEGORY…..HONORABLE MENTION (places 3 to 6) again
with “CROOKED SMILE”.
Apart from the recognition, Josh will collect a selection of
merchandise to help improve his quest for a career in his chosen
field of entertainment.
This competition was truly international with over 11,000 entries
from 60 countries. There were 68 winners in 13 categories who
shared over $100,000 (USD) in cash and merchandise. Josh was the
only entrant to be recognised in 2 fields and for him to be
rewarded with placings in both sections that he entered with songs
that he wrote when he was 17 years old is quite an achievement.
A full list of placings can be seen at
Road to Tamworth heat
Wide Road to Tamworth competition.
teenage Country Music artist Josh Canning has taken out the
Central Coast heat of the Telstra Country Wide Road to Tamworth
competition. The event held last Saturday at the Telstra shop at
Westfield Tuggerah attracted 15 Country Music hopefuls.
Coast business manager Cheryl Taylor said she was stunned by the
high quality of the performers.
minute performance, where it was just the artist and their guitar,
was recorded and the tapes were sent to Sydney booking agency
Allied Artists for adjudication. Allied Artists
marketing director Rosemarie Els said the prize money was designed
to assist with expenses when Josh attends the 2004 Telstra Country
Music in Tamworth.
plans to develop the Telstra Road to Tamworth contest throughout
a cool $1,000.00 for his efforts.
- Tamworth Ragepage would like to
congratulate Josh. Fantastic!!
Called to fight: Country
singer turned Jedi Knight Josh Canning,
- 18, tests a light sabre at
Newcastle Graphic Action Comics.
Jedi Josh joins
by Carly Hennessy
Josh Canning will
hang up his guitar and pick up a light sabre for his role as a Jedi
Knight in the next instalment of Star Wars. The 18 year old
country crooner will not put his cowboy boots away yet, but he is
excited about acting beside stars such as Ewan McGregor and Natalie
"When I got off
the phone after being told I had been chosen my hands were shaking,"
he said. Director George Lucas had looked at photos of hundreds
of acting hopefuls, but settled on Mr. Canning.
He is no stranger
to performance. Despite growing up
in Charlestown, far from the open road that usually inspires country
singers, he has released a debut album and continues to perform at
weekly country music round-up at the Maitland Ex-services Club.
Comics owner James Morris, who has his own Star Wars light sabre, said
gossip on the internet was all ready speculating about the 3rd Star
Wars. "Well, the gossip
is that Chewy (Chewbacca) is in it this time and the fans are hoping
Hans Solo will be there," Mr Morris said.
Mr. Canning or
Jedi Josh as his mates will no doubt call him, will need to get his
swashbuckling skills up to scratch before tje August start date.
Newcastle born and raised JOSH CANNING has been
selected as a Jedi Knight extra in the upcoming movie STAR WARS 3.
The 18 year old country music singer/songwriter/guitarist and now
actor was recently chosen from the books of Sydney company
MODELSFILMTV.COM by none other than producer/writer GEORGE LUCAS.
Early production has now started at Sydney’s FOX STUDIOS and Josh has
to attend a wardrobe fit out early next month. Between now and then he
has to brush up on his sword fighting ability and will be taking
lessons from DEVERIK WILLIAMS. Williams was the tutor charged with the
duty of teaching ZENA and cast their skills.
Producer RICK McCALLUM says the production will spend more than $50
million dollars in NSW and employ about 60 actors. Josh is looking
forward to the excitement of the set and watching and learning from
actors including EWAN McGREGOR and SAMUEL L JACKSON.
You may remember Josh recently released his debut Country Music CD. He
has since moved to Sydney in a bid to further his career but still
returns to Newcastle on a regular basis.
On most visits he can be seen performing at the weekly Country Music
round-up on Wednesday nights at the MAITLAND EX-SERVICES CLUB.
Strong Enough ***
from site www.cow-punk-quaterly.com
teenager Josh Canning delivers four diverse tracks in a very promising debut.
He’s been taken under the wings of Central Coast-based alt-country legends, Bill
Chambers and Audrey Auld. While the unmistakable trademarks of the Chambers clan
are clearly audible on this release, Josh writes the songs and contributes a
self-assured vocal performance of his own making. There are no American accents
here. Josh just belts out his songs naturally without worrying too much what
Nashville might think.
Strong Enough opens the batting, propelled by the ringing, shimmering
guitar interplay between Glen Hannah and Bill Chambers. Canning’s vocals are
strong yet sensitive, not unlike those of Kevin Montgomery (as reviewed in a
previous issue of CPQ). Gorgeous harmony vocals are provided on this track by
Amy Cruickshank. Elsewhere, Rob Wilson, Audrey Auld and Bill Chambers provide a
little vocal backup.
Smile has a classic Chambers family feel, with beautiful fiddle and
the patented haunting sound of Bill’s dobro. Sweet
Talkin’ Daddy sees Josh stray into honky tonk territory, and he
handles it with style and confidence. The closing track, There’s
You shows a more tender side of Josh Canning, resigned to
young-love-gone-wrong while the fiddle and steel guitar weep accordingly.
Catherine Britt, now Josh Canning. There must be something in that Hunter River
water, a secret ingredient that’s helping develop such talented teenagers up
Newcastle way. Let’s hope Josh and Catherine can continue to develop their own
sounds without falling in with the slick and glossy crowd! I wish them every
commercial success, but I hope it can be on their own terms. (AC)
The E P was co-produced by Bill Chambers and Audrey Auld
Engineered by Brent Clarke
Mixed by Jeff McCormack & Audrey Auld
Photos by Amy Cruickshank
Design by Glen Hannah
All songs written by Josh
Drums DJ Barker
Bass Ian Lees
Fiddle Mick Albeck
Electric, 6 String Jerry Jones & Acoustic
Guitar - Glen Hannah
Tremelo Guitar - Bill Chambers
Harmony Amy Cruickshank
Guitar - Josh
Acoustic Lead Guitar, Dobro & Harmony -
Harmony Audrey Auld
Electric Lead & Acoustic Guitar - Josh
Lap Steel, Electric & Acoustic Guitar &
Harmony Bill Chambers
Harmony Rob Wilson
Electric Guitar & Lap Steel - Bill Chambers
Harmony Audrey Auld
Josh will also be promoting it at the 2003 Tamworth festival. The C D will
be launched at Josh’s gig at The Pub on Sunday afternoon 19th
of Jan at 2.00 pm
Josh has also arranged a promotion at the “LAUNCHING PAD” during the
festival. This is at the A C M F building in Brisbane Street on Tuesday 21st
at 2.00 pm.
The C D sells for $12.00 and will be available during the Tamworth
festival at Grace Bros, The Pub and The Launching Pad or through Josh on
0414474108 or at
Karen O'Shea, Josh Canning and Lyn Bowtell (Photo courtesy
of Dick Marriott)
Photo courtesy of Amy Cruickshank
Photo courtesy of Amy Cruickshank
Josh on Torana
Photo courtesy of Amy Cruickshank
There are not many young artists that
you’d dare call “an old hand” but Newcastle teenager JOSH CANNING is the
rare exception. Performing since the tender age of 7 Josh has travelled the
country winning hearts with his pure country singing and dynamic guitar picking.
Add to this Josh’s good looks, quick wit and genuine love of traditional
country music and you have the makings of a star on the rise.
Josh is fast becoming a name
within the Sydney/Australian country music scene and is a regular member of the
Bill Chambers band playing with some of Australia’s top musicians including
Mick Albeck, Michelle Rose, Glen Hannah and Simon Johnson.
Josh has recently recorded his
debut CD under the co-production of Bill Chambers and Audrey Auld. Josh is
described by Bill as “the next big thing” and with all originals on the CD
he is displaying his obvious song writing ability.
Wayne Hancock recently invited Josh to join him on stage during his recent tour,
highlighting Josh’s growing reputation. Josh also co-ordinates a Country Youth
Showcase at the Central Coast Country Music festival.
He graduated from the inaugural
Tamworth Camerata music school, culminating in his comparing of his group’s
graduation concert. Josh plays weekly at the highly acclaimed Horseshoe Bend
Roundup at Maitland.
Josh is devoting all his time
to a musical career and constantly looking for somewhere to perform. He is
available with or without band and contactable on 0414 474108.
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