The past 12 months have been a whirlwind for Josh Rennie-Hynes. Having recently been awarded the Australia Council’s prestigious Nashville Songwriters Residency, the Queensland-born artist will be relocating to the US in May 2018 to focus on recording his third solo album. Of the move he says ‘I’m really excited about it. I’ve gone through a lot of changes with my writing and approach in the last few years and I see this as the next step forward.’
The move comes off the back of a huge 2017 for Rennie-Hynes. He formed a duo called The Ahern Brothers with long-time friend and collaborator, Stephen Grady. They released their self-titled debut album in June to critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone calling it, ‘a mesmerising contemporary recording: restrained, pithy and pure. 4 stars’ The duo spent 10 months on the road, building a loyal fan-base and performing at renowned Australian festivals and venues.
Rennie-Hynes released his debut solo album ‘February’ in 2014 and his follow-up album ‘Furthermore’ in 2016, establishing him as one of Australia’s finest songwriters. His live show is moving and unforgettable and since the release of his debut album he has toured continually throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The Courier Mail stated ‘it is clear that Rennie-Hynes is one of the leading lights of Australian music with a gift for story-telling that brings to mind Paul Kelly and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. 4 stars.’ Authenticity is the defining aspect of his songs; he lives and breathes them, and this passion for his craft burns bright for all to see. They are timeless and familiar, yet uniquely his own.