Ambition Road (David Truong)
David Truong is a blind singer song writer and keyboard/piano player originally from Vietnam but now making his home in Brisbane Queensland Australia. In 2016 David started performing under the name ‘Ambition Road’. Ambition Road is a music project focused on bringing to life original music and covers in a Keyboard driven, Acoustic, Reflective, Folk/Soft-Rock style. With two albums already released ‘Happy Laughter 2016’, ‘Tainted Glasses 2020’ and another one on the way, 2023 promises to be another big year for Ambition Road.
Having established herself as one of Australia’s most important voices and striking songwriters of recent years, Castlemaine-based artist Eliza Hull has proven the longevity of her art, and continued evolution. New single ‘Running Underwater’ sees Hull work with ARIA Award-winning producer Pip Norman (Baker Boy, Missy Higgins). Her song writing talents have led Hull to co-write with artists Gordi and Odette – collaborations both set to appear on her forthcoming EP, Here They Come which is due out later 2023. Her music has been featured in TV internationally in shows including Awkward, Teen Wolf, Saving Hope and in Australia on The Heights and And Then Something Changed.
Nathan Tessman AKA MC Wheels is a Sunshine Coast Australian hip-hop artist who lives with a condition called spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress – otherwise known as SMARD.
Over the last 10 years Nathan has not let his disability limit his desire to achieve goals within his life. With the help of music and his crew he’s been able to write three albums; My Introduction, Darkside of Happiness and his latest, released on 25 September 2021 – Story So Far.
Tony Dee (short for Tony Doevendans) is a Brisbane-born artist who loves simply putting a smile on people’s faces (or sometimes evoking a tear of nostalgia) with his swinging tunes and gentle love songs from the early jazz days to the 1950’s and beyond. His singing influences are Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat “King” Cole and Elvis Presley, among others. Tony was born with Spina Bifida and as a result uses a wheelchair but is actively passionate about living life and to the full.
Tony has performed at various Christmas Carols and Easter services, and various charity, fundraising functions, galas, and corporate and government functions such as the Paralympians’ welcome home events in Sydney and Brisbane. His regular participation in Open Vault Nights at Caboolture led to an invitation to form part of the entertainment at the 2013 & 2014 Royal Brisbane Show, the “Ekka”. In 2016, Tony featured in the UK based ad “We Are the Superhumans” singing the song “Yes I Can”.
Singer/songwriter Emma Tomlinson is an Independent Artist who not only accompanies herself with piano but uniquely blends pop, pop-classical crossover, RnB, and alternative pop to another level.
Emma has made numerous appearances on the national stage performing at the Australian National Anthem at the Australian of the Year Awards 2023 and Virtus Oceania Asia Games 2022. Also performing as the Queensland Premiers nominated Brisbane Artist for the Green and Gold Runway 2022 Olympic 2032 Games pre-celebration event. Emma is a busy performer, featured at Woodford Folk Festival 2013-2014, Woodford Small Halls 2019, Buskers by the Creek 2015, Buskers by the Lake 2021, The X-Factor 2014 at age 14, Headlining in Noosa Alive 2019, and nominated as one of 24 finalist’s in Brisbane’s QUBE EFFECT 2022.
Aspy Jones is a prolific songwriter from regional Queensland. He writes tunes about his unique perspective on life, good mental health and the difficulties he’s faced as he’s learnt to live with autism and anxiety. While his songs reflect a quirky sense of humour and a keen eye for unusual detail, they are also real and authentic. His distinctive songs are an eclectic genre mix of original indie-folk/roots/pop sounds.
Aspy Jones and his lively, family band have supported The Fabulous Caprettos (Daryl Braithwaite, Russell Morris, Rai Thistlethwaite and Jack Jones) at the Sunshine Coast’s Nightquarter. They have also entertained crowds at Woodford Folk Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster, Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Fest, Undercover Artist Festival 2021, Queensland Music Festival, Rockhampton River Festival, supported The X Factor’s, Dean Ray and Taylor Henderson and were showcased at the Sunshine Coast Annual Regional Music Conference, Turn Up.