Jonah's Road

Jonah's Road

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandCountryPop

Country rock/pop blend of original songs with strong melodies, big harmonies and a tight live sound.

Biography

Sydney based band, Jonah’s Road, has developed a significant following in the Australian music scene over the past few years. The contemporary sound is a feature gaining them many new fans and the respect of their peers thanks to fantastic live shows, tight vocal harmonies and great songwriting.

A significant goal has been achieved with the recent announcement of Jonah’s Road securing the prestigious support role for US country superstar Tim McGraw on his Australian tour in September 2010 with stadium shows set for Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Acer Arena in Sydney and Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

Current Releases
New material was released in January 2010 as an EP. Titled End Of The World, the EP includes 9 tracks with a very contemporary feel. Featuring song writing by Jay, John, Rod & Jasper along with guest co-writes with Matt Scullion & Anthony Snape, End Of The World is a treat for fans and new audiences.

The highly anticipated second album, Counting Down The Days, was released in 2007 and has repeated the success of the band’s multi-award winning first album Hold On. The latest album was recorded and co-produced by Matt Fell at Love Hz Studios and mixed by Robbie Specogna at Main Street Studios. The result is a collection of upbeat songs and soaring ballads highlighting the harmony-driven, country-pop sound for which the band is well known in both their recordings and live shows.

Their festival appearances in particular have seen them develop a big fan base which has been strengthened by the radio singles and video clips receiving strong support on radio around the country and on television through the Country Music Channel. They finished 2008 with the #1 video clip on CMC - the hit single Giddy Up.

The singles have also been added to mass distribution services such as Satellite Music Australia, Qantas Inflight radio and AIR (radio on Foxtel). In addition, a translated cover version of Getting By Without You was recorded by Slovakian Pop Idol Superstar Martin Kelescenyi and has been released by Sony/BMG in Europe.

Reviews
Reviews about Jonah’s Road include:
“The guys write their own songs, play their own instruments, and sound amazing doing so.”
“….but if Jonah’s Road wants it, they just might be the next big thing….Trust me, they’re that good!”
Chuck Dauphin, MUSIC NEWS NASHVILLE

“Counting Down the Days is a highly appealing, very well-produced album full of catchy, appealing and superbly-crafted songs. More importantly, it is an album that touches the heart, makes you laugh, and provides an insight into human nature.”
“The vocals alone make this a memorable album, but add in the musicianship, the songs and that intangible magic that comes from a tight-knit band and Counting Down the Days is a real winner.” Sue Jarvis, CAPITAL NEWS

“….this album has the depth and genre-crossing ability that will appeal to not only country music fans but also music lovers generally.”
“Counting Down The Days is a seriously exciting album not just for Jonah’s Road, but also for a burgeoning Australian country music industry looking for its next big export.”
Alan Logan, PURE COUNTRY

Live work
Jonah’s Road has developed a reputation for fantastic live shows and their appearances at major festivals have gained them many fans from around the country. These have included: Deni Ute Muster, Mud Bulls and Music, Gympie Muster, Whittlesea CM festival, Central Coast CM Festival, Kinross Muster, Homebush Muster, Dirt N Dust festival, Urban CM Festival and 8 consecutive years at the Tamworth festival.

In addition to high profile festival appearances, Jonah’s Road was invited by FORCES Entertainment to entertain the troops in East Timor in July 2007.

Jonah’s Road also performs regularly in clubs, pubs and other venues around the country, including a very successful tour with music legend Jon English and a recent support for international rock icon Suzi Quatro.

Awards & Nominations
Jonah’s Road has been nominated for numerous awards and has taken out the following since the release of the second album, Counting Down The Days:

•Won 2008 Musicoz Best Country Artist Award.
•Won Best Group/ Duo Award in the 2008 Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards.
•Won Best Country Album in the 2008 US Independent Music Awards Peoples Choice
•Won Best Independent Release at the 2008 National Country Music Awards
•Won 2007 Musicoz Best Country Artist Award.
•Won Song of the Year in the inaugural ICE Awards 2007
•Won Best Group at the 2007 People’s Choice Awards.

The debut album Hold On was released in September 2004 and received great feedback from fans, music industry personnel and the media. The release of the album led to several awards and host of nominations for the band:

•Won the Best Country Album in the 2006 US based Independent Music Awards for their debut album Hold On.
•Won Best Group in the 2006 TIARAs (Tamworth Independent Artists R

Lyrics

Getting By Without You

Written By: Jay Somerville-Collie, Jasper Somerville-Collie, John Katirtsides

Not a single day goes by no matter how hard I try I’m still lost in this lie of getting by without you I had to watch it all fall down everything I thought I’d found Finds me coming around to getting by without you You can fool yourself you’ll find someone else When you're lying awake at 5am Don’t forget, I won’t regret, I remember every moment Don’t pretend that you don’t miss me when you do Don’t forget every step takes you further from what matters While I’m holding onto dreams that won’t come true Getting by without you Even though it hurts this way I pretend I’m ok But at the end of the day I’m still getting by without you People say you’re doing fine I guess I’m not on your mind It’s too cruel to be kind that I’m getting by without you You can fool yourself you’ll find someone else When you wake up in tears at 5am Don’t forget I won't regret, I remember every moment Don’t pretend that you don’t miss me when you do Don’t forget every step takes you further from what matters While I’m holding onto dreams that won’t come true Getting by without you You’ve thrown it all away (if only you could hear me) And I just want to say (I know it’s a lie) There has to be a way (one more day) If I can’t fool myself I’ll find someone else When I’m lying awake at 5am
I won’t forget, I don't regret, I remember every moment I won’t pretend I don’t miss you like I do Don’t forget every step takes you further from what matters While I’m holding onto dreams that won’t come true Getting by without you

Why Does She Love Me

Written By: Jay Collie & Jasper Somerville-Collie

Hello you’re amazing so why does everything about you
Want everything about me too
How long I’ve been waiting for someone like you
To like someone like me too
Then she tells me I’m her Superman
I don’t think I’ll ever understand

Cause I‘m not fast I’m not strong
Don’t ask me cause I can’t fly
So why does she love me
I can’t save the world
I’m not that brave but my girl don’t mind
And why does she love me

She says you know that tingly feeling deep in the middle of you
It’s deep in the middle of me too well
Somebody pinch me I’m dreaming
Cause when I wake up next to you I think what did I do
To deserve the way she looks at me
It must be everything that I don’t see

Cause I‘m not fast I’m not strong
Don’t ask me cause I can’t fly
So why does she love me
I can’t save the world
I’m not that brave but my girl don’t mind
And why does she love me

Why does she love me
Tell me why

She’s gotta know that I’m not Superman
But I’m doing everything I can

Cause I‘m not fast I’m not strong
Don’t ask me cause I can’t fly
So why does she love me
I can’t save the world
I’m not that brave but my girl don’t mind
Why does she love me

Why does she love me
Tell me why
Why does she love me

Repeat to fade

Missing You

Written By: Jay Collie & Jasper Somerville-Collie

Every second, every day,
Every single word you say to me
I want you to see
In every little thing you are
You don't know how far I'd go
Say that you know that it's true

That I'm missing you and wishing you were kissing me and missing me too
Then I, I won't deny I'm missing everything you do
Baby are you missing me too

There's just a million reasons why
Every day that passes by it's true I'm missing you
I don't believe it anymore
Girl you know I'm sure that I believe I'll never leave you alone

Because I'm missing you and wishing you were kissing me and missing me too
Then I, I won't deny I'm missing everything you do
Baby are you missing me too

And I know I feel you cry when the world you have is broken
You try to answer but the words were never spoken to me baby, maybe……

In every little thing you are, you don't know how far I'd go
Say that you know that it's true

Because I'm missing you and wishing you were kissing me and missing me too
Then I, I won't deny I'm missing everything you do baby are you missing me
I'm missing you and wishing you were kissing me and missing me too
Then I, I won't deny that I'm missing everything you do baby are you missing me too

Baby are you missing me too, baby are you missing me too
Baby are you missing me too, baby are you missing me too
With every beat of your heart just say I’m needed
With every second apart you know I feel it
With every moment you start to make it real and
With every beat of your heart

Baby are you missing me too

Long Way Home

Written By: Jay Collie & Jasper Somerville-Collie

© Sony/ ATV Music Publishing

There’s a light on, as a heart breaks
Another dream has fallen apart
My surrenders have been locked away
I’ve spent my life lost in the dark

How many roads lie waiting before me
I feel you call me, but I’ve been so long

In this world of mine for the longest time
You’re the answer I’ve always known
On a lonely sea if you wait for me
I’ll be taking the long way home

I remember there beside you
The only place I’ve ever belonged
In reflections, I can see your face
I turn, and in a moment you’re gone

But how many words I wasted on no-one
Call me crazy but one day you’ll see

In this world of mine for the longest time
You’re the answer I’ve always known
On a lonely sea if you wait for me
I’ll be taking the long way home

Is your light on? Do you say my name
Every time you answer the phone
Even out here, miles from nowhere
Each star I see reminds me I’m never alone

In this world of mine for the longest time
You’re the answer I’ve always known

On a lonely sea darling wait for me
Cause you’re where I belong
And I swear from now on
I won’t be taking the long way home

Counting Down The Days

Written By: J. Collie, J. Somerville-Collie, T. List

Three months of my old ways
That ain't living that's just getting by
And all the money my job pays
Don't make me feel like I'm alive
I got blue skies waiting
These chains are breaking
I'm taking off I gotta go

I'm counting down the days
Till I start living
I'm waiting for the lights
To let me through
I feel the winds of change coming
Calling out my name
Hey I'm counting down the days
I'm counting down the days

Three months with my old friends
Shooting pool and drinking beer
Hanging out on the west end
It hasn't changed in all these years
I got blue skies calling
A new day dawning
It's all the same I gotta go

I'm counting down the days
Till I start living
I'm waiting for the lights
To let me through
I feel the winds of change coming
Calling out my name
Hey I'm counting down the days

I've been waiting all my life
For the day I can say that I've left this all behind
Until I find I'm miles away

I'm counting down the days
I'm counting down the days
I can hear them calling out
They're calling out my name

Every day every night
Every minute of my life
I've been waiting for my chance to run
To be chasing the sun
Until that day comes
Yeah I'll be the one who’s counting down the days
Till I start living
I'm waiting for the lights to let me through
I feel the winds of change coming
Calling out my name
Hey I'm counting down the days
I'm counting down the days
And it won’t be long now

Thank God

Written By: Jay Collie, Jasper Somerville-Collie, Tim Dutton

I'm so glad that it's Sunday
And I ain't been wasting my time
Cause I've been praying that someday
By his grace in this place he would make you mine
Today's the day I'm gonna make my stand
On my knee I'm gonna take your hand

And say hey you go borrow something blue
I want to walk you down the aisle
And say I do in a little church for two
Now I know why he made me
Thank God he made you

It's forty minutes to Vegas
And it's a lovely day for a ride
The preacher's dressed up like Elvis
And he says "Thank you very much,
you can kiss the bride"

And say hey you if your daddy only knew
I'm walking you down the aisle
We said I do in a little church for two
Now I know why he made me
Thank God he made you
Thank God

Hallelujah darling you're my wife
I just hope your daddy doesn't end my life

Cause I said hey you go borrow something blue
I want to walk you down the aisle
And say I do in a little church for two
It's plain as heaven to see, hallelujah
Now I know why he made me
Thank God he made you

Always

Written By: Rodney Auld, Jay Collie, John Kater, Jasper Somerville-Collie

She cries behind her hazel eyes
And laughs at all the little lies she tells me
Always, always…
Sadder still it's been so long
Convince yourself there's nothing wrong
Always, always…

But I've gotta be honest
It's driving me crazy
Where did you go?
Where did you go?

It hurts a little more each time
You leave a little more behind
Always, always…
She's curled up on the kitchen floor
Pleading for a little more
Always, always, always…

But I've gotta be honest
It's driving me crazy
Where did you go?
Where did you go?
And I've gotta be honest
If there's nothing worth saving
Then let me go
Let me go…

It's stolen all the things I miss
You know I can't go on like this
Always, always…
You're not the girl I thought I knew
And what the hell has happened to
Always, always, always…

But I've gotta be honest
It's driving me crazy
Where did you go?
Where did you go?
And I've gotta be honest
If there's nothing worth saving
Then let me go
Let me go…

She cries behind her hazel eyes
And laughs at all the little lies she tells me
Always, always.

One Tree Mile

Written By: Jay Collie, Jasper Somerville-Collie

The lights are on but you’re not home
Surrounded by the crown you’re on your own
This time
You wake to wonder what you’ve done
Beneath the feet of everyone we lie
Sometimes

Surrounded by your doors
With locks made of paper
Open them later

I’ll drive you to One Tree Mile
And help you find the child
I know you remember
I’ll drive you to One Tree Mile
To save who you lost inside
Oh I’ll bring you back to life

There’s nowhere left for you to crawl
The colours bleed to black on every wall
Inside
You fall into your only chair
You close your eyes; you cut your hair and cry
But you can’t hide

The girl inside your room
I don’t even know her
But the story’s not over

I’ll drive you to One Tree Mile
And help you find the child
I know you remember
I’ll drive you to One Tree Mile
To save who you lost inside
Oh I’ll bring you back to life

She’s lost behind your walls
You know you can save her
It’s time you forgave her

I’ll drive you to One Tree Mile
And help you to find the child
I know you remember
I’ll drive you to One Tree Mile
To save who you lost inside
Oh I’ll bring you back to life

And everything you wanted
Will come around again
It’s not too late
And nothing’s ever broken

If I Was Him

Written By: Jay Collie, Matt Scullion, Jasper Somerville-Collie

If I was him I'd tell my friends
Maybe some other time I've got other plans
If I was him I'd get in my car drive like a mad man to where you are
Wrap my arms around you and hold you til it hurts
Give you every reason to believe

Tear it up throw it away that photograph' s so yesterday
Light it up just burn it I don't wanna know
If I could reach in to it now I'd wake him up make him come around
If I could go back there again to back when I was him

If I was him I wouldn't sleep
Wouldn't try to change you and I wouldn't think of me
If I was him I'd put you first
Give you nothing less than you deserved (what you deserved)

Tear it up throw it away that photograph's so yesterday
Light it up just burn it I don't wanna know
If I could reach in to it now I'd wake him up make him come around
If I could go back there again to back when I was him

Yeah if I was that guy I'd take a moment now to smell the roses
And kick my foot into that slamming door

Tear it up throw it away that photograph's so yesterday
Light it up just burn it I don't wanna know
If I could reach in to it now I'd wake him up make him come around
If I could go back there again to back when

If I knew all that I do now never let you go never let you down
If I could go back there again to back when I was him
I was him

Dust

Written By: Jay Collie, Anthony Snape, Jasper Somerville-Collie

Who do you see when you see who I see
I know whoever she is she can't be in the same world
So let me tell you all about her
She sees mistakes when I see amazing
She sees a fake and I see her breaking
Always they answer to the same name

And she can't sleep she keeps walking down her lonely street
Where everyone is holding you back it's life that hurts don't it
It's only me for what its worth

But if all after everything you told me
If all we are is lonely
Then what are we waiting for

Sometimes you burn and sometimes you're bleeding
It's always the ones we long for who leave and
Somedays when only the rain knows where to find youLight up the coals that you used to lay with
Dig up the bones that you used to play with
Nothing's ever really working

So if all after everything you told me
If all we are is lonely
Then what are we waiting for
Oh in a thousand years we'll all be dust and just a memory
All you gotta do is love me baby and I'm yours

So if you can't sleep I'll walk with you down your lonely street
Nobody is holding us back it doesn't hurt does it
It's only me for what it's worth

But if all after everything you told me
If all we are is lonely
Then what are we waiting for
Oh in a thousand years we'll all be dust and just a memory
All you gotta do is love me baby and I'm yours

All you gotta do is love me baby, just love me baby and I'm yours

Broken Light

Written By: Jay Collie, John Kater, Jasper Somerville-Collie

If you wanna go go
If you wanna stay stay
I'm over waking up to watch you softly slip away
So if he offers you protection
And he offers you affection
Well, that’s ok

Don’t bother taking sides
Don’t bother making up all the lies
I don't want to be the light that's broken

You don’t need to be sorry
You don’t need to feel strange
Time runs on with everyone and if you have to change
And run in his direction
And ruin my perfection
Then, that’s ok

Don’t bother taking sides
Don’t bother making up all the lies
I don’t wanna be the light that’s broken
Don’t try to justify
Cause either way you’re leaving me behind
I can see it in you big brown eyes
It's all alright with me

If you wanna go go
If you wanna run run
I can't see what we were
And now I see what we’ve become
So if he offers you the world the take the world

Just don’t bother taking sides
Don’t bother making up all the lies
I don’t wanna be the light that’s broken
Don’t even try to justify
Cause either way you’re leaving me behind
I can see it in your big brown eyes
It's all alright with me

I can see it in your big brown eyes
It's all alright with me

End Of The World

Written By: Jay Collie, Jasper Somerville-Collie

If tonight was the end of the world
And you only had three hours for you to kiss the girl
I guess I'd spend the first few minutes saying "Bye I love you mum"
Then I'd start my car and I'd drive like hell to wherever you are

If tonight was the end of the world
Someone slipped and pushed the button or the moon and earth collide
I'd take every second left and kiss the girl
If tonight was the end of the world

And so you're there with your girl by your side only moments to spare til the end of time
Forget your regrets and take all you've got left and look into her eyes
You can hang your head, taste the tears you've shed, cause you never took the chance
Or you can take her hand and hold her close and say can I have this one last dance

If tonight was the end of the world
Someone slipped and pushed the button or the moon and earth collide
I'll take every second left and kiss the girl
If tonight was the end of the world

If tonight was the end of the world
And you only had three minutes for you to kiss the girl
And she's there in your arms the moment the stars start falling from the sky
Do you waste it on "I love you's" do you waste it on goodbyes

Or kiss her like tonight was the end of the world
Someone slipped and pushed the button or the moon and earth collide
I'll take every second left and kiss the girl
If tonight was the end of the world

Someone slipped and pushed the button or the moon and earth collide
I'll take every second left and kiss the girl

If tonight was the end of the world and you only had three seconds
Shut up and kiss the girl

One Tree Mile

Written By: Jay Collie, Jasper Somerville-Collie

The lights are on but you're not home
Surrounded by the crowd you’re on your own
This time
You wake to wonder what you’ve done
Beneath the feet of everyone we lie
Sometimes

Surrounded by your doors
With locks made of paper
Open them later

I’ll drive you to one tree mile
To save who you lost inside
Oh I’ll bring you back to life

There’s nowhere left for you to crawl
The colours bleed to black on every wall
Inside
You fall into your only chair
You close your eyes, you cut your hair and cry
But you can’t hide

The girl inside your room
I don’t even know her
But the story’s not over

I’ll drive you to one tree mile
And help you find the child
I know you remember
I’ll drive you to one tree mile
To save who you lost inside
Oh I’ll bring you back to life

She’s lost behind your walls
You know you can save her
It’s time you forgave her

I’ll drive you to one tree mile
And help you find the child
I know you remember
I’ll drive you to one tree mile
To save who you lost inside
Oh I’ll bring you back to life.

And everything you wanted will come around again
It's not too late and nothing's ever broken

Discography

Jan 10 End Of The World - limited edition EP
Jan 07 Counting Down The Days - album
Jan 06 Why Does She Love Me - single
Aug 04 Hold On - album
Aug 04 Forever's A Long Time - single
Jan 04 Special Limited Edition EP
Dec 03 Getting By Without You - single
May 02 Self Titled EP

Set List

Sample Set list (3 x 45 min sets)

Set 1
1. Someone Like You
2. Days Go By
3. Lay Down Sally
4. Missing You
5. Getting By Without You
6. I’ve Just Seen A Face
7. Better Life
8. Hold On
9. Somebody’s Crying
10. Full Tank
11. Won’t Back Down
12. When Will I Be Loved

Set 2
1. I’m Still Here
2. The Weight
3. Somebody Like You
4. Time Before
5. Why Does She Love Me
6. Handle With Care
7. Long Way Home
8. Forever’s a Long Time
9. I’ll Find You
10. Jeans On
11. Counting Down The Days
12. Medley – Stuck In The Middle, Jet Airliner, Get Back, Proud Mary

Set 3
1. Staying Here Tonight
2. Wish You Well
3. All Mine
4. Long Gone
5. Thank God
6. Saw Her Standing There
7. Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy
8. Great Balls of Fire
9. Tequila & Wine
10. 9 to 5
11. Too Modern
12. Play That Funky (Country) Music
13. Giddy Up