Canberra musician Ned Houston is one of the star attractions at Canberra’s most picturesque music venue, The Jetty, sited alongside Lake Burley Griffin and operated by the group behind The Dock at Kingston.
Since he received his first guitar at age five, Ned’s been passionate about music, but securing a coveted songwriting and producing contract with Sony Music recently is the highlight of his career.
“It’s so special to me to be given this opportunity. It really validated all the years I had been writing alone in my bedroom. The sky’s the limit for what we will achieve together,” he said.
Writing music with Keith Urban late last year is an experience he’ll never forget, along with performing in front of 15,000 people at the Splendour in the Grass music festival.
“There are so many amazing memories I have … I’ve met some amazing people and made many friends along the way,” Ned said.
The 24-year-old is grateful for the support of the local community during his time busking and having gigs around Canberra for almost eight years.
The artist said Canberra has a strong and proud community that loves to support local talent, so he feels very honoured to contribute to it.
“I love Canberra and always enjoy seeing locals singing, dancing and having a good time. Canberrans are the best audience,” Ned said.
Ned has been performing at The Jetty since live music began at the lakeside venue in January.
The Jetty owner Glen Collins said he wants the venue to showcase original artists with original songs, bands, solo artists and duo musicians from a mix of genres.
“We feel like there’s no substitute for live local music because it gives a place that fun, community feel that encourages and embraces the local talent and musicians in Canberra,” Glen said.
“After a tough couple of years for the hospitality and music industry, it’s time to jump up and start singing and dancing again.”
Ned is particularly thankful for his agents at Moku Music and Entertainment for their efforts to keep him working.
Moku Music and Entertainment manager Chad Croker said the company was started by local musicians who knew how hard it was to get gigs at local venues.
“We were local musicians who played in the local scene, so we had developed a ‘by musicians for musicians’ mantra that we embraced when we first started Moku,” Chad said.
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