Crafting a sound that melds the formative elements of gospel and soul with pop and R'n'B, the first chapter from Budjerah is timeless and distinctively compelling. The 18-year old singer-songwriter reveals his debut single Missing You via Warner Music Australia.
Premiered by Richard Kingsmill on Australia's national broadcaster triple j, Missing You pairs longing lyrics with a sparse sonic palette. The song taps into the sense of isolation Budjerah knows he isn't alone in experiencing.
He found kinship with ARIA and J Award-winning artist Matt Corby, who produced his upcoming debut EP. Corby's studio is located close to Budjerah's home in Fingal Head – and the two clocked countless hours comparing notes and crafting the sound that would introduce the world to what Budjerah can do.
"In my music, I think of how I'm going to use my voice as an instrument before the melody and anything else. Matt is classically trained, so he pushed me vocally. We both really like the real, organic sounds of instruments."
Raised in a home full of instruments and playing in family bands, making music was inevitable for the young singer-songwriter. "I grew up singing Sam Cooke and listening to gospel singers like The Clark Sisters. My dad taught me how to sing and that's the kind of music that has been around since I was little." he says.
Directed by Mos & Co, the carefree visual accompaniment highlights the spirit of summer and captures Budjerah in his home town.
Profound and powerful, it's clear Budjerah's tales will bring listeners closer together. "When people listen to my music, they'll hear my experience. A song like Missing You is honest, and I hope it brings them comfort and shows they're not alone."
Following the release, Budjerah will perform headline shows in Lismore, Hurstville and Tumut for Great Southern Nights this November.