Two of Australia’s most popular country music artists, Jason Owen and Hayley Jensen, are coming to Queanbeyan this month as part of their national tour.
‘The Superstars of Country: Then and Now’ is a two-hour showcase taking place mid-July that features classic songs from globally known country artists from Dolly to Denver and Underwood to Urban.
It will feature a tasteful mix of ballads, up-tempo numbers, solos, medleys and moving duets, as well as original songs performed by two of Australia’s finest musicians.
Multi-award winning country superstar Jason Owen said it was great to see live music and concerts back on track again and he looked forward to seeing everyone.
“It really is a great show and features an incredible band,” Jason said.
“My co-star, Hayley Jensen, also has one of the best voices I’ve ever heard.
“If you like great music, from Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to John Denver, Keith Urban and Shania Twain, you name it, come along for a great night. I can’t recommend it enough.”
As an ARIA album-charting artist, and nominee for New Oz Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, a Golden Guitar, Country Music Channel Award and runner-up on the X-Factor, Jason Owen has made a mark on the Australian music scene.
“My career kicked off in 2012 when I was lucky enough to be the runner up on the X-Factor. After that, I had the privilege to record five albums over the past 10 years,” Jason said.
“It’s just been such an incredible journey so far. I love going out and playing live shows, but it’s tough out there at the moment.
“COVID knocked around our plans a lot. We probably had 20 shows lined up and ended up having to cancel or postpone them, so we’re really looking forward to coming to Queanbeyan after delaying the show about a year.”
The Superstars of Country has toured in Dubbo, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and all around NSW including Sydney, with the Queanbeyan show at the Royal Hotel being one of the last stops.
“It’s our passion, and to be able to get out there and do ticketed shows around Australia is just unbelievable. I’m really looking forward to coming down Queanbeyan way soon, it’s just such a beautiful part of the country,” Jason said.
“Hayley and I will throw in a couple of our own songs as well.
“We’ve had such great feedback from the show so far, and because you’re singing songs that people know, it has people more engaged. We just have so much fun doing it.
“At the moment I’ve also got another tour on the road at the same time, which is my own show called ‘Jason Owen sings John Denver’.
“This was inspired by my audition on the X-Factor when I was 18. I remember everyone saying ‘what’s this 18-year-old kid doing singing John Denver, his songs are like 40-years-old’, and it was a special moment that launched my career.”
As well as losing 20 kilos and being nominated as the new celebrity ambassador for Jenny Craig, running his own charity ‘Doin it for Rural Aussie Kids’, and having a baby with his wife Becky, Jason said he was happy to still be doing what he loves.
“To still be able to go out and sell shows on the road and have such a great relationship with the Australian media and have people support me is just amazing,” he said.
“It hasn’t been a breeze for me, and I had a good two or three years of help from X-Factor, but then all of a sudden the TV stops and you have to try and build yourself without that help, which is very hard to do.
“My biggest achievement is to still have a career 10 years down the track, because the music industry is a really tough game to be in.”
Jason said he was thankful for his fans’ ongoing support, especially after COVID.
“Hayley and I are looking forward to seeing everyone soon, and we hope to put on some more shows in future as well.”
To buy tickets to the Superstars of Country on Friday 15 July, visit Royal Hotel.