THE CANDY JACKSON STORY
Candy Jackson are a folk-grass rock band formed in 2018 by
established Melbourne musicians Warren James and Jamie Osborne.
Their aim, to write and record an album that encompasses their life and career thus far….their opus if you like.
Candy Jackson formed in 2018 but the partnership between these lads goes a long way back, and the history is as long as it is deep.
Meeting in the schoolyard as teenagers a friendship and musical connection was made instantly, with the boys quickly graduating from lunchtime rockers to being permanent fixtures on the Melbourne pub scene.
In the mid nineties during the “Cool Britannia“ period Warren relocated to England to record and perform with London based pop/rock act Mexico 70, touring and recording throughout Europe and America, whilst Jamie stayed in Australia establishing himself as a known local musical identity.
On Warren's return to Australia the boys again reconnected and began working on their own pop/rock act Unity Hall.
Regularly drawing crowds wherever they played and with some independent releases, they quickly gained industry interest and a record deal was signed.
Unity Hall began work on their first full-length feature album (This Aint Gonna Hurt A
Bit) at Sing Sing studios in Melbourne with producer Lawrence Maddy at the helm (Tism, Paul Kelly, Rebecca’s Empire). Following that with some heavy touring, sharing stages with acts like Jimmy Barnes, The Living End, Alex Lloyd and Jet but to name a few.
The singles from that album, Mr Show Biz & Over and Over attracted national radio play.
In the following years marriages and children took priority but the boys continued to write and record,
and perform around town. It was here that Candy Jackson began but the seeds were perhaps planted many years before.
Prior to moving to Melbourne, Warren grew up in the small country town of Cootamundra with his folks owning the local pub. Country music was Warren's sonic backdrop to those years growing up with artists like Patsy Cline, Kris Kristofferson, Willy Nelson and Kenny Rogers. Since then Warren has always kept a connection to the bush and in turn to country and folk music. That, with his and Jamie’s commitment to the craft of songwriting, the Candy Jackson project was an obvious new direction to take.
After building a recording studio in at Warren's house in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula and teaming up with Melbourne music efficiandos Justin Brady (harmonica, fiddle and Mandolin), Jeff Glass and Mark Belcastro (Drums),
Candy Jackson was born.