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MEDIA INVITATION: Tomorrow morning JAMES JOHNSTON, one of the most nominated artists for this year’s Golden Guitars (6) will make a special announcement, and yes, he’ll have his guitar with him!

James Johnston RAISED LIKE THAT 2 mins read
James Johnston in Tamworth last November



Tomorrow morning in TAMWORTH, JAMES JOHNSTON, one of the most nominated artists for this year’s Golden Guitars (6) will make a special announcement, and yes, he’ll have his guitar with him.



Tomorrow, Friday Australia 26 at 9.15am



Tamworth - four-way intersection on Peel Street in front of Fan Zone


Off the back of an enormously successful 2023, where James Johnston released his history-making 20-track debut album RAISED LIKE THAT, staged a sell-out five-city regional tour, and became the most in-demand streamed Australian-based country music artist, Johnston wants to give back to the heartland – the fans and families of Tamworth in their most important week of the year.


“I’m not staging a ticketed concert here in Tamworth this year during the Country Music Festival, because the RAISED LIOKE THAT just played to a packed out TRECC in November, for which I am so grateful. Instead, I’ll be doing something a little special and free,” said James.


He will announce what tomorrow at 9.15am, and media are invited.

James will have his guitar (always), and is happy to play unplugged, and answer any and all questions. 


After taking out the Best New Talent and Vocal Collaboration Golden Guitars last year, James Johnston is up for six Golden Guitars this Saturday evening, including:


  • Toyota Album of the Year for Raised Like That   
  • Contemporary Country Album of the Year
  • Male Artist of the Year
  • Single of the Year for Got It Good
  • Vocal Collaboration of the Year with Zac & George
  • CMT Video of the Year for We Grew Up On


When Johnston released his debut single, ‘RAISED LIKE THAT’ two years ago, he never could have anticipated the whirlwind that followed. Six #1 airplay hits, 110 consecutive weeks in the Top 20 of the Countrytown Hot 50 National airplay chart, 60 million global streams, two Golden Guitars and the song certified ARIA platinum, James is easily Australia’s most exciting Country Music artist.  He’s already won Best New Talent and Best Vocal Collaboration with his friend Kaylee Bell at the 2023 Tamworth Country Music Festival, as well as being nominated for a QMA Award, an APRA Music Award and was a 2023 Rolling Stone Australia Award. And this January, he’s up for SIX Golden Guitars. 


Once you listen to a James Johnston song, you never forget it, or his sound: driving guitars and pounding drums frame his gravelly voice that’s deep and soaring, then celebratory and soulful, telling stories of the country that revel in joy and nostalgia. There’s anthems that will fill dancefloors and raise hands in the air, and quiet stories of empowerment, hardship and love that will bring tears to knowing eyes. His words are lived-in and he sings with incredible heart because he was raised like that and he did grow up there.








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