This year is looking to be the most productive yet for Queensland based, Native American, Jen Mize. Since the 2014 release of her stellar debut album Fear, Pride & a Few Stubborn Angels, and her widely acclaimed 2016 sophomore release, Warnings and Wisdom (lovingly produced by Shane Nicholson), Jen has been busy touring, recording, and earning the accolades that come with the hard work of being an Alt Country troubadour.
“Jen Mize is more than a great singer-songwriter... she’s a true artist” (John Walker, Music City Roots). Mize possesses the rare ability to live in a wide range of musical worlds with absolute authenticity. Her music can be both commanding and subtle, and draws on a diverse range of influences from Sarah Vaughan and James Taylor, to Bonnie Raitt and John Prine.
The celebrated songwriter and recording artist is also the co-host of exciting new national radio program Three Chords and the Truth, and is now being recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Americana and Alt-Country music, in Australia.
Sholtez first came to the public’s attention with his chart topping, Tommy LiPuma (Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis) produced debut Real Street (Verve/Universal). The APRA Awarding winning, ARIA Award nominated album may have seen him topping jazz charts, but Sholtez has always been first and foremost a singer-songwriter.
Mark’s second album, The Distance Between Two Truths (Warner), featuring production by Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin), saw his dedication to songwriting craft bought clearly into focus. Since then Sholtez’ music has become increasingly hard to pin down to one genre, crossing musical borders to take in elements of 70’s pop, jazz, modern day Americana, and Laurel Canyon folk, making for a consistently intriguing listen.
Sholtez’ also maintains a strong commitment to collaboration, with work that has included Troy Cassar- Daley, Wendy Mathews, The Veronicas, Harmony James, Rick Price, Shane Nicholson, Bill Chambers, and Don Walker.