Queensland based singer songwriter James Johnston set the Australian music industry
alight with the release of his debut single ‘RAISED LIKE THAT’. This Australian country boy
sure is the hot new topic in country music!
‘RAISED LIKE THAT’ took off like wildfire connecting with audiences around the globe. It
became the fastest single by an Australian based country artist to hit the million streams’
milestone and, to date, has over 11 million streams with no sign of slowing down. Since the
release of this hit in July 2021, Johnston’s single has taken the number one spot on country
radio, remained at the top of the Fresh Country playlist, clocked up over 11,000 TikToks using
the track and fans all over the world are using the song for dance routines and video
In November 2021, James released his follow up single ‘SMALL TOWN’. 11 weeks from release,
James reached the #1 spot on Australian Country Radio with ‘SMALL TOWN’ and kept in the
1 spot for 10 consecutive weeks. Something that is only normally achieved by international
Country Artists at Australian Country Radio.
Throughout his teens, James and his family spent most weekends travelling with Johnston
performing on any stage that would take him. In 2008, James graduated from high school
and gave himself a year to ‘give music a crack’.
James bought a van and set out on the great Australian road trip, playing in every little town
and pub he could find. After a few years of living show-to-show and armed with a swag of
money-can’t-buy experiences, it was time to find his sound and he headed for Nashville,
Tennessee. In true James Johnston fashion, he took in each moment of his time in Nashville
and combined these with the stories of his travels around Australia, enabling him to write
over 300 songs which includes his debut hit, ‘RAISED LIKE THAT’. This is just the beginning
of what’s to come from this future global superstar.
“Remember this name – James Johnston. If there was one artist who stole the show
throughout the festival, it was this man. Performing at his first ever festival, Johnston – the
voice behind the massive breakout hit ‘RAISED LIKE THAT’ was exceptional during his main
stage performance on Friday Afternoon. This man is going places. Make no mistake – this
man is headed for a career in Nashville” ~ The Express Newspaper, Savannah in the Round
Johnston’s undeniable talent and high-energy live show, paired with his hardworking and
humble attitude, has declared him the one to watch coming out of Australia.
With a string of major festival announcements, along with his upcoming forth single, he is
only just warming up!