Nathan Foley is an Australian singer/songwriter, most widely known for his time in the multi award winning children’s group “Hi-5” as an original member.
Nathan started singing professionally at 10 years of age in clubs in Sydney. During his school years, Foley performed in the “Coca-Cola Schools Spectacular” for seven years as a soloist and graduated from the Talent Development Project in 1997.
In 1998 Foley joined the Australian children’s music group “Hi-5” as an original member, touring around the world and filming the related television series for ten years. Foley announced his departure from the group in November 2008, expressing an interest in focusing on his own music career.
Throughout 2009 – 2010, Foley performed in Musicals such as “Jerry Springer, The Opera” at the Sydney Opera House as well as the Australian tour of “Mamma Mia!”. He also played Kenickie in the Olivia Newton-John Foundation musical “Grease on the Beach”.
During that time, Foley performed at major international events such as The V8 Supercars and The World Masters Games, as well as singing the Australian National Anthem for The Darling Harbour Australia Day Celebrations in 2010 in front of a quarter of a million people.
In a return to TV and media in 2011, Foley was a top 3 contestant on the Network Ten show “I Will Survive” as well as co-presenter of “Gathering” on Foxtel’s Indigenous Network NITV and traffic reporter for the Australian Traffic Network delivering traffic reports for Mix 106.5, 101.7 WSFM, 2GO, Sea FM, Triple M, 2GW and 2UE.
In 2016, after five years touring his solo show around the world, Foley won ‘Princess Cruises Entertainer Of The Year’ in the US, being the first Australian to ever win this elite title.
Ready to get serious about his original music career, in 2019, Foley auditioned for the Australian version of “The Voice” and was placed on Delta Goodrem’s team. After an elimination in the battle rounds, long-time friend ‘Blue Wiggle’ Anthony Field of “The Wiggles” sparked a petition to bring him back to the show. Nathan later performed his original songs at two sold out live telecast adult shows in early 2020 with “The Wiggles” raising money for the Australian Bush Fire relief.
As a songwriter, Foley has been writing his own material from a very young age and has self-released a number of albums between 1990 and 2018.
In 2020 Foley signed a recording and management contract with StudioBox Creative and Antipodes Records and released two singles “She Devil” and “Hurricane” both with music videos shot and produced remotely over the 2020 Covid lockdowns.
In 2021 Nathan finished the recording of his album “Hurricane” produced by legendary Welsh music producer Greg Haver of Manic Street Preachers and Mel C fame and recorded at Neil Finn’s RoundHead Studios in Auckland, NZ.
In September 2022 , Foley will release his album “Hurricane” and lead single “Strut” with accompanying music video and an Australia , NZ and Singapore tour in the planning stages for April 2023.
New Zealand based dark pop artist, Michèle Ducray, creates spellbinding songs about fantasy intertwined with the mystical. Inspired by mysterious and sinister themes such as horror and the colourful characteristics of circus life, Ducray’s sound is characterised by a mix of intoxicating vocals, deep drum & bass, and lucid pop melodies for a melancholic yet energetically upbeat immersion of seductive tones.
A self-confessed “fan of the peculiar”, this, perhaps, is best demonstrated through her enigmatic “Peter Pan” style on stage. Ducray has worked with the likes of Simon Gooding (Dua Lipa, Pink), Pacific Heights (Drax Project, Shapeshifter) and Liam Quinn (Delta Goodrem, Rita Ora).
The artist’s latest single “Manifesto” landed her a bout on MTV Australasia 2022; with features on prominent national and international blogs and magazines, as well as popular kiwi stations and music television: Juice TV, Tahi FM, ZM and The Hits NZ.
Finding success as a 2021 Voyager International Songwriting contest semi-finalist and having already performed at major festivals, including Rolling Meadows and Soundsplash, Michèle Ducray is one of New Zealand’s most exciting rising artists.
With a mind plagued by constant hooks, phrases and riffs, Reece Milton was born with a virtuoso ability as a guitarist and song writing was a natural progression for him from day one. His unique ability to craft lyrics that are mostly based on themes instead of real events gives his listeners licence to develop their own response to them and his guitar solos are the stuff air guitar dreams are made of.
Born in Wellington and raised in Nelson, Reece Milton is a New Zealand singer/songwriter and guitarist. Reece developed his passion and skill for music and song writing at high school and through his involvement in Smokefree Rockquest, of which his band won regional heats in 2018. In that same year Reece won a competition to have his song ‘Once in a Lifetime’ recorded at StudioBox and produced by the legendary welsh producer Greg Haver (of Manic Street Preachers and Melanie C fame). This experience resulted in him being offered a recording contract with Antipodes Records and a management contract with StudioBox Creative.
Reece released his debut single ‘Once in a Lifetime’ in 2019 and has since followed up in 2020 with singles ‘Atmosphere’ and ‘Take My Hand’, all with accompanying music videos. In July 2022 Reece will release his fourth single ‘Take It Easy” Produced by IMME and with accompanying music video produced by Jonny Eagle and Melissa Spratt with cinematography by the award-winning Bevan Crothers.
His debut album Elixir is due for release in August 2022, recorded at StudioBox and produced by IMME.
Reece is strongly influenced by John Mayer, Ruel and James Bay , his sound is guitar driven indie pop rock with a subtle funk influence. A love for Jazz music and soul artists like Stevie Wonder also adds to his unique pool of inspiration (his Dad’s favourite band is Toto and that’s definitely in the mix as well!)
As well as having played with Paul Ubana Jones, Reece has opened for Tim Allen and The Two, toured the lower South Island and Wellington with his band and has performed at festivals including, The NZ Cider Festival, The Kapiti Music Festival and the campground stage at Bay Dreams in Nelson. Reece performed solo as an opener for Opera in the Park in Nelson and was invited back to Smokefree Rockquest as a guest band.
Later in 2022 and 2023 Reece will be touring Australia and NZ with fellow Antipodes Records artist Nathan Foley, as well as releasing ‘Ms Mona Lisa’ as a follow up single and music video from his upcoming album ‘Elixir’.
Wellington-based Jessica Leigh began writing and producing music at a young age and has found her home in pop music, often championing a chorus of 80’s inspired synths, warm guitars and anthemic drums. Her songs are inspired by the technicolour emotional spectrum of youth. The storytelling within them often depicts vibrant, visceral coming-of-age narratives, reflecting on themes such as young love, friendship, growing pains and everything in between.
Leigh won a regional song-writing competition in 2019 and began releasing music shortly after. She released her debut EP ‘17’ in 2020, which accrued over 300,000 streams and followed it up with a sophomore EP ‘summerland’ in 2021. The lead single from summerland, ‘SUMMER ROYALTY’ gained over 40k streams on spotify and was selected for Spotify and Apple Music curated playlists. In 2023 Leigh released ‘WIRED’ and ‘missing you’ both Spotify and Apple playlisted including Fresh Finds AU&NZ and Fresh Finds Pop. ‘WIRED’ has achieved 200k streams so far and CHR radio play in NZ as well as featuring on Air NZ onboarding music. ‘Missing you’ charted at number 17 on the hot NZ singles charts.
For as long as she can remember, Leigh has always romanticised her life. Growing up with a deep adoration of art, music and poetry Leigh learned how to paint her own world in ways worth reflecting upon artistically. This knack for casting experiences in a rosy, golden hue adds a unique touch to her song-writing and sound. Leigh is strongly inspired by Lorde, Taylor Swift and MUNA.
“I find there is unparalleled beauty in youth. Life is so rich when you’re young and everything and everybody lasts forever. I can’t think of anything more romantic than that.”