There’s been a real buzz building around Josh Rennie-Hynes in the last few years. Following the release of his debut album ‘February’ in 2014 and his follow-up album ‘Furthermore’ in 2016, he’s quickly garnered praise as one of Australia’s finest young songwriters.
Authenticity is the defining aspect of Rennie-Hynes’ songs; he lives and breathes them, and this passion for his craft burns bright for all to see. He combines his love of honest and raw storytelling with deep introspection to create songs that are timeless and familiar, yet uniquely his own.
Rennie-Hynes’ live show takes the audience on a moving and unforgettable journey. He has spent the past three years touring relentlessly throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA. In this time he’s built an ever-growing fan base and performed at major festivals such as The Americana Fest in Nashville, Woodford Folk Festival, the Southern Fork Americana Festival in Auckland and Queenscliffe Music Festival among many others.
2017 shows no signs of slowing down, with his track ‘Fiddlewoods’ nominated as a Grand Finalist in the Queensland Music awards for best Country song of 2016. ‘I’ll Go Home’, a song he co-wrote with Sal Kimber, is a Grand Finalist in the Americana category of the International Songwriting Competition, placing Josh in the top two percent of selected artists out of 16,000 entries from around the world.
In June he is set to release a debut album from his new duo project ‘The Ahern Brothers’, which he formed with long-time collaborator and fellow songwriter Steve Grady. The duo are touring nationally on the back of the album throughout the rest of 2017, including a string of festival appearances.
In addition to The Ahern Brothers release, Rennie-Hynes is constantly writing and planning for his third album, with a move to the USA on the cards for early 2018. He was awarded well-deserved funding towards the promo on of ‘Furthermore’ through a US radio and publicity campaign, as well as covering touring expenses which will see him tour both the USA and Europe throughout 2018.
But for Rennie-Hynes, the message is still simple “Music has been something I’ve loved since I was a child, it’s never left me, so to now be able to create and share it with other people, it’s something I’m truly grateful for.”