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Telstra on show @ Belmont 16ft Sailing Club Belmont with Morgan Evans, Tori Darke, Kirsty Lee Akers, Katie Brianna & Dean. The audience had a great time, Dean enjoyed catching up with everyone and enjoyed seeing them all again.
Dean with Kirsty Lee Akers and Tori Darke
Band: Morgan Evans Telstra Winner , his brother on Bass, and friend on Drums.
Dean Johnston is in to the finals of the ABC Music Awards Newcastle with two of his original songs:
The Wild Side (the title track of his new EP
" Cowboy Dreams" (a new song he recently wrote)
the third of his original songs entered reaching the Semi Finals (What it's like) was inspired by performing at B & S Balls around the state with Col Finley.
Winner to be announced on the 19 September
Dean Johnston has released his new EP with sponsors overwhelmed with result.
Dean to be interviewed & perform live on ABC Radio Newcastle.
Deano's EP is Finished  with many people waiting in line to purchase it.
21st September Support Act for Felicity Urquhart Blacktown RSL Sydney
6th October --Neath Hotel Cessnock @ 8pm
27th October Cessnock Show Ground
2nd & 4th November Mud Bulls & Music Festival Jimna/Kilcoy Queensland
Dean Johnston to be support Act for Felicity Urquhart 21st September 07 at Blacktown RSL 8pm.
Dean with Victoria McGee and John Wilson on the MV Seascape
Deano ,Col & friends after performing at the Court House Hotel Tamworth 07
Col & Deano performing at Maxamillion Restaurant Central Coast Festival 07
Deano being interviewed by host of TV show "Cruisin the Country" Mr Col Finley @
Central Coast Festival 07 to air on Channel 31 Melbourne
Deano performing with Tall Timbers Band Fitzroy Tavern  Tamworth 07
Dean Johnston performed at the Sydney Royal Easter Show as one of the Guest Artist for Telstra (via) Rob Pott's Entertainment and was very well received being surrounded by on lookers for his Autograph and orders of his new EP with 2 Original's & 2 Cover's to soon be released.

Also opening the Rodeo at the NAB Arena with one of his original song's "THE WILD SIDE" & a Kenny Chesney song "You Had Me From Hello" in front of 18,000 people.
The roar of the crowd was amazing.
It's been a while since we have spoken & how r u ??? I was a semi-finalist in the International songwriting competition in Nashville (very exiting)

Well I have been pretty busy gigging lot's & finishing vocal's on EP !!!

Had a great time performing at Burran Junction B & S with Col Finley & the Boy's, Blacktown RSL last night (20th April) and while we were there celebrated by eldest brothers birthday.

He's name is Martin he doesn't get to watch me much with UNI and work so it was a very special night all round.

I will be performing at the Port Stephens Festival in June and while I'm there will be celebrating my 19th birthday on the 11th June so that will be cool to !!! well hope to catch up with you there & come say hi. Check out my---my space still adding thing's (GIG dates etc) but it's getting there
Cheers Deano
Dean a Semi Finalist of International Songwriting Competition Nashville & 2nd in "Battle of the Bands" Tamworth with his Lead Guitar Stephen McCauley winning the Tomkins Guitar
Deano at Home
Mud Bulls & Music Festival
Dean wins Senior Section & Over--all
@ Mud Bulls & Music Festival Jimna / Kilcoy Queensland on weekend.
Winning prizes such as :
Tanglewood Guitar
Gold & Silver Plaque
Trophy & Guest Spot @ 2007 Mud Bulls & Music Festival.

Hi Helen
I am a Finalist in the ABC Music Awards for my Original Song "Life of the Outback" & in the running for Best Young Talent.

I am also up for 2 People Choice Awards with my Original song's "What's an Aussie Bloke Suppose to do?" & "The Black Top" I was stoked when I received the letter's, Just to make the final is so good.

On Sunday the 8th October 06 I also Won the Glouster Australian Country Song writer's Award (Open Section) for my song "Life of the Outback".

Cheer's Deano

Dean is in the final for (Original Music) BEST YOUNG TALENT for "Life of the Out-back" & People Choice Awards for Two (Original Music) "Whats an Aussie Bloke Suppose to Do?" & The Black Top.
He is very excited and looking forward to the final's
Hat trick for Dean Johnston

Talented Hunter Valley teenager Dean Johnston won the Telstra Road to Tamworth 2007 heat in Casino last month. It started a sequence of events over four weeks that notched up considerable recognition for his music career.

The next weekend June 25 he was named APRA/AMCOS 2006 MATS Music & Arts Talent Search Teen Songwriter of the Year first runner-up at Sydney’s Revesby Workers Club and on July 9 he made the semi finals of the ScoopFX 2006 Search For A Star at Castle Hill R.S.L Sydney where he performed before judges Stephen Kiely Song Producer and Principal Scoop FX ; Liz Taylor Deltra Goodrem Management and Adam Saunders from Home & Away.

Organisers of the ScoopFX 2006 Search For A Star said ‘The room was transformed into a country pub atmosphere at the beginning of the second half by Dean Johnston who accompanied himself on guitar as he sang a song of his own the foot-tapping and amusing What's An Aussie Bloke Supposed To Do.’

No stranger to performing from an early age Dean was ecstatic about the ultimate competition 2007 Telstra Road To Tamworth Casino heat win ‘I’m overwhelmed by the great talent I was up against. Winning this is the greatest opportunity of my life’.

The nationwide talent quest heat winners qualify for the finals to be held at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2007. As a heat winner Dean receives a $1000 prize to assist with his travel to Tamworth where the top eight finalists each receive a $500 MP-3 player and progress to the Grand Final.

The competition offers two prize trips to Nashville as part of the $80,000 prize package which includes a return economy air fare. Part of the prize package includes a single recorded and produced in Nashville, a video clip produced by Entertainment Edge and several opportunities to perform live at selected venues while in Nashville . One trip goes to the overall winner and the other to an aspiring writer through the Songwriters’ Encouragement Award.

‘I'm into martial arts, weightlifting, riding my horse, modifying my car and songwriting. I would be a bull rider but my Mum won't let me’

Singing country music and travelling to Tamworth has been a part of Dean’s life and his family’s for the last seven years.

‘We stay the whole time, make new friends, catch up with old ones and perform and enjoy other acts. It’s great.’

The laid back eighteen year old describes his country music tastes as country rock mixed with a little contemporary. His ultimate musical experience is to sing on stage with Adam Harvey and Garth Brooks in Nashville.

‘That’s where it all seems to be happening’ he said.
For more information:
Tamworth Artists Management
Greg Williams Tel: 02 6766 2616 Mob: 0408 255 908 Email: gregtam@bigpond.net.au
Dean Johnston  
Beresfield - Beresfield Bowling Club, Dean Johnston's Show Case every 2nd Sunday from 7th May 2006
Dean's Band
Greg Franks on Lead Guitar
Peter Figures on drums
Dean Johnston on Rhythm & Lead Vocals
Simon Johnson on Bass
Dean was fortunate enough to be invited to be part of the latest Talent asked to perform on a Sydney New Talent Program, UNSIGNED AND INSPIRING.   This will be aired from the 20th April 2006 it consists of Two of my Original Live Recordings

Dean Central Coast 2006

Dean with Rod  McCormack and Gina Jeffreys - Mingara 2004
Dean & Sharnie Fenwick 1st in Duo              Dean's sister Cassie through to finals with own
                 @ Parks Festival 2002                      compositions @ South Tamworth Bowling Club
                                                       19yrs old 2004
Dean Johnston, Matt Capper ,Cassie Johnston, Sharnie Fenwick, performed at
many shows to-gether wowing audiences where ever they played
Adam Harvey & Dean at Mingara 2004
 Dean & Hank Sasaki Guest Artists                    Dean on One of His Horses (SULTAN)
                        at Allendale Inn                                    Dean rides to relax from Music and is a
                                                                                   big lover of Animals
                   Kirsty Lee Akers  with Dean
A note from Catherine Britt to the Johnston family
The Johnston's are very proud of Catherine Britt.  CATHERINE BRITT was was part of their family band and performed at Mcdonalds show's (Mchappy Day's) they were great times for the kids they had lot's of fun and were well received by customer's and Staff.
Hi Helen
Sorry I haven't been able to catch up with you about my trip to W.A I've been flat out with fulfilling gig commitments and keeping Mum pretty busy so she's done well trying to keep up with it all.

Well we had a great time and was very welcomed by every-one we met I got to work (perform) with some wonderfully talented singers/song writer's/Musicians such as STAYE they are a husband and wife duo,very funny -great with their Audience and very well liked we got on like we were old friends. Mum also invited them to come over to the East States and check out the Great Talent in Country Music we have here.

We actually stayed at the same home with themselves and husband and wife team Debbie & Chris Minter also very Talented singer/song writers/musician's.

I was very lucky to meet and talk to many people (Artists & public) such as Connie Kis Anderson
Carter and Carter said hi to Melinda and old Friends the Sunny Cow Girls great catching up with them again

I am very exited to have been booked to return to W.A on the 10th Feburary next year to perform in Perth, Albany and then back to Boyup Brook but this time I'll be more prepared for the weather it is so cold over there, their hottest day only gets to about 29 degrees
Well Cheers for now
Dean performing on Australia Day at Maitland Park 26th Janurary 06
Deans custom made series 2 Lockhart special:
It was made to Deans specifications it is (both) Electric and an Acoustic Guitar with his signature and serial no: engraved into it.
Dean was sponsored by Ivan Mattschoss and Hot pink on Road Beauty Salon.  www.MattschossGuitars.com.au   
Dean & best mate Joe & Rob (brothers)
Dean swagging it at Dungog Rodeo on day off
Dean performing at Horse Shoe Bend Round-up
Hexham Bowling Club
Dean Johnston Bio
Talented young singer/songwriter, Dean Johnston made his
mark in Tamworth this year with his performances at the
Cricket Club, a spot on the “Young Stars” at “The Pub”, a
performance with the “Future Stars” at LBS Records,
a gig at the Oasis with Gary Cullen and The Bush Poets,
and a guest spot with Col Finley in the Honky Tonk Bar
at the Services Club.
Dean also filled in for a gig at West Diggers after presenting
the award for “Best Bush Ballad” to Graham Rodger at the
ACMLA Awards.
Dean and his band entered the “Battle Of The Bands”
at West Leagues Club and won third place &
“The Band With The Most Potential.”

Dean is an accomplished drummer, Rhythm guitarist
& Bass guitarist.
Dean’s other interests are martial arts, horse riding & working
on his car.
On reflection, Dean has been performing since the age of 4 and
has every intention of continuing to perform for his audience
as long as they appear to appreciate his style of music.

Junior Songwriter Awards (1st place Boyup brook Country Music Festival WA 2006) for his original piece “Life of the Outback”.

3rd place “Battle of the Bands” (West’s Leagues Club Tamworth).

Performed for LBS Records (Tamworth).

Appeared on the Festival Cavalcade as a performer at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Presented an award for “Best Bush Balladeer”, ACMLA awards
Wrote a song with Col Finley and performed at the Honky-tonk bar at the Ex-Serviceman’s club

Toured Western Australia, performing at places such as the Boyupbrook Country music Festival 2006 and on the Awards night, Albany, Perth and many other bookings.

Contact Dean’s Management:
Dean with Cyclone Tracey and the
Hurricanes Band
Dean and Connie Kiss Anderson
Dean and Kingsley Day

Talents: Singer/song writing, drummer, Rhythm guitar, Bass guitar.
Interests: Martial arts, horse riding & working on his car
1st place in song writers Gloucester country music festival with song
life of  the out-back - 2003
1st Mendooran country music festival (country rock) -2004
Winner of the instrumental section at Manilla Country Music Festival 2003 (DRUMMER)
Winner of audition hey hey its country (wallsend)
Winner of  heat, final and overall 2004 & 2005 Loco Tamworth
Winner under 18's Canley Vale RSL (singer of the year)
1st in duo (Sharnie Fenwick & Dean Johnston) - Parks Music Festival 2003
Special guest artist for ADAM HARVEY (MINGARA, TOUKLEY, TUGGERAH) 2004 & 2005
AT 17 YEARS has his own show with his (REGULAR band) at BERESFIELD BOWLING CLUB:  2006

Adam Harvey - Mingara
Tracy Coster - Belmont
Ian Betridge - Hexham
Horseshoe Benders - Hexham
Graham Doubleday - Tamworth
Hey Hey It's Country - Tamworth
Belrose Bowling Club - Sydney with Smokey Dawson
Salamander Shopping Centre - Nelson's Bay
East Cessnock Bowling Club - Cessnock
Singleton Bowling Club - Singleton
Morriset Country Club - Morriset
Club Tuggerah - Tuggerah
Harmony House - Central Coast
Coco Cola Park - Tamworth
Stockton Bowling Club - Stockton
West Tamworth Bowling Club - Tamworth
Wallsend R.S.L. - Wallsend
North Tamworth Bowling Club with Lorrie Minson
(The Pub) Tamworth with Southbound Band
City Tavern - Tamworth with Lorrie Minson
Club Country Music - Cessnock
Club Country Music - Windale
Hexham Bowling Club - Hexham with Donella Plane
Hey Hey It's Country - Belmont
Hey Hey It's Country - Stockton
Hey Hey It's Country - Singleton R.S.L.
Hey Hey It's Country - Stroud Country Club
Hey Hey It's Country - Wallsend Bowling Club
Hey Hey It's Country - Belmont Macquarie Club
Dungog Show - Dungog
Singleton R.S.L. - Singleton
Greenhill's, East Maitland - McHappy Day
Locomotive Tamworth with Donella Plane
Locomotive Tamworth - Guest Artist 2005
Central Coast Music Festival with Horseshoe Benders
South - Gate Inn Tamworth with Horseshoe Benders
South - Gate Inn with Aaron Bolton
Court House Pub with Friends in Low Places
Show Case/Young Talent with Greg Williams - Tamworth
Beresfield Bowling Club - Beresfield
Largs Pub - Largs
Hinton Pub - Hinton
Beresfield Bowling Club - Beresfield
Walka Water Works - Oakhampton
Beresfield Bowling Club, Bowlers Presentation Dinner
Beresfield Bowling Club, Dean Johnston's Showcase
Beresfield Bowling Club, Dean Johnston's Showcase
SONG LIST- Guitars And Cadillac's
She's My Ute
The Dance
Johnny B. Goode
Rodeo Freak
That's What I'm Talking About
Love Bug
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Burning Sun
Life Of The Outback ( original )
Livin' On Love
Another Man
She's One Of A Kind
One Day At A Time
Outback Club
Much To Young
Rough Stock Riders
Dust On My Boots
Boys From The Bush
Papa Loved Mama
Neon Moon
Barroom Roses
Don't Rock The Jukebox
Gone, Gone, Gone
Mama Tried
That'll Be Me
Hank Don't Fail Me Now
Beauty 's In The Eye Of The Beer Holder
Because I'm Country
Born To Survive
Do You Wanna Dance
When You You Say Nothin' At All
Write This Down
Call It Love
Love Me
It's Just Me ( original )
When Lonely Meet Love
Riding For The Eight ( original )
'Till The End Of Time ( original )
Shake Of A Hand
I've Got It Bad
In The Stars
What She's Doin'   Now
Beer And Women
If I Could Have You
One And One And One
Dust Smiles
The House That Jack Built
The House Of The Rising Sun
Rose And Rodeo
You Shook My All Night Long
It's Not Love But It's Not Bad
How Wrong Is It If You Don't Get Caught?
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