6:30 pm - Saturday, 20 May

Growing up eating Coco Pops and playing with bull dust in the bunk of the Western Star road train her dad drove may not be everyone’s childhood, but it sure gave Josie a strong appreciation for rural Australia and country upbringing. As a young country bumpkin listening to
Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and The Dixie Chicks for hours on end travelling across Queensland through to Northern Territory, she already had a pretty strong taste for the country twang by the time she could have a crack at steering the truck with dad. Josie has been writing songs since she was 7, and finally at 20 has her sights set on releasing her own music in the near future.

In 2018, the Townsville singer-songwriter graduated from The CMAA Academy junior course in Australia’s Country Music Capital, Tamworth where she wrote a song with Golden Guitar winner Travis Collins. Since then, Josie has competed in the 2019 Gympie Muster Talent Search where she finished in the top 10 and has opened for multi award-winning artists Troy Cassar-Daley and The McClymonts at the Townsville Rock Fest.

Inspired by every artist who played over the speakers of the Western Star or who has mentored her at any stage along her journey, the 20-year-old blends her own heartfelt twists into country rock, and is well on her way to have nothing ‘holding her back’.