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Studio8’s debut album “Into the New” is out now!

Studio8's debut album Into the New is out now on music streaming services and CD. Released by RTC Records on 3 May, the album comprises nine original songs co-written by Luke and Michelle: 1. Back to the Bush 2. My Summer Storm 3. Into the New 4. Never Too Late for...

Studio8’s new single “You Got the Moves” is out now

Happy Release Day to Studio8's new single You Got the Moves, released 22 April by RTC Records. You Got the Moves is an original tribute song that Studio8 wrote about Elvis. We love playing Elvis songs and performing at the Parkes Elvis Festival. We were inspired to...

Studio8’s debut album INTO THE NEW out 3 May 2024

Studio8's debut album INTO THE NEW is being released by RTC Records on 3 May 2024. The Album can be pre-ordered on CD, and pre-added and saved on Spotify and other music streaming services. To celebrate the release, Studio8 has put together a couple of CD Album...

Studio8 on the Memphis Stage at Parkes Elvis Festival

Studio8 will be back in Parkes in January, performing at the Parkes Elvis Festival. Catch Studio8 on the Memphis Satellite Stage on Friday 12 January from 12.15pm to 12.45pm. They'll be playing their favourite Elvis hits as well as one of their original songs "You got...

Red Dirt Rodeo – Studio8’s new single – Pre Add & Save

Studio8's first single Red Dirt Rodeo is out 6 November 2023. Pre add & save on your music streaming service from 24 October by clicking on this link: Red Dirt Rodeo Pre Add & Save Two more singles Back to the Bush and You Got the Moves, and Studio8's debut...

Studio8 gigs Sept to Dec 2023

We've been busy getting ready for the release of our first single in November. Here's Studio8's gig guide to the end of 2023: 30 Sept Peppers Manor House Country Markets 10.30am to 12.30pm 18 Nov Gerringong Village Markets 9.00am to 10.45am 25 Nov Peppers Manor House...

Studio8 recording new album in Sydney

Just got back from recording our new album "Into the New" at A Sharp Recording Studio in Sydney. Many thanks to Nick, our Sound Engineer / Bass guitarist and to Kristos, our drummer on the album. Over seven days we recorded nine songs, which Nick will be mixing and...

Studio8 at Hats off to Country 2023 Tamworth

Luke and I had a ball performing our latest original songs at Tamworth's mid-year music festival, Hats off to Country. We had six gigs over 3 venues - Oasis Hotel, Tamworth City Bowling Club and the Post Office Hotel - as part of the Tamworth Songwriters Association...

Studio8 gigs for June & July 2023

After an amazing four weeks' travelling around Japan, we've dusted off our instruments and are ready to hit the stage back in Oz. Studio8 will be performing at Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest, in the beautiful Southern Highlands: Saturday 24 June 5pm to 7pm...

Studio8 gigs for April & May 2023

It's great to be performing again with Luke in Studio8. Our gigs for April and May 2023 include: Sat 1 April      5pm to 7pm      Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest Sat 15 April    9am to 11am    Gerringong Village Market Sat 29 April    5pm to 7pm      Peppers Manor...

Our 4-day walk on the Tasman Peninsula

We loved visiting Tasmania again, this time for walks on the Tasman Peninsula. Over the past decade we have bushwalked on the Freycinet Peninsula, Maria Island and the Bay of Fires, all stunningly beautiful landscapes that are very different to each other. The Tasman...

Five gigs in five days

Luke and I had a ball at the Tamworth Country Music Festival where we played four gigs at three venues - The Welder's Dog, Oasis Hotel and Tamworth City Bowling Club. This is our second festival playing as duo Studio8, with Luke on guitar, banjo, ukulele and vocals,...

Tamworth Country Music Festival 2023

Studio8 will be hitting the road next week to perform at the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2023. Luke and I have written four new songs that we'll be road-testing as well as playing originals from Luke's two albums - Goodbye Frankie (2020) & Little Worlds (2021)...

CBCA Illawarra Literary Lunch

Had an awesome time at the CBCA Illawarra Literary Lunch at the Fraternity Club in Wollongong yesterday. I was one of 12 authors invited to talk to about 100 primary school kids and their teacher librarians from Illawarra, Sutherland and Southern Highland schools. Sue...

Playwriting talk for Year 12 students

I had the pleasure today of giving a talk on writing short plays to Year 12 students at Grace Christian School in Bunbury WA. The students have the option in the composing section of their upcoming English exam to write a short play on a given theme or issue. We...

Parkes Elvis Festival 2022

Had a ball at our first Elvis Festival in Parkes! The outfits were amazing and everyone looked so happy to be there. Luke and I (performing as Studio8) had three gigs in two days. The highlight was performing eight Elvis hits on the Memphis Stage. Luke sang and played...

Tamworth Country Music Festival 2022

Tamworth Country Music Festival 2022 was a blast! So many amazing performers, so many venues to choose from. Luke (Johnson) was billed to play solo but talked me into joining him. We had five gigs over three days, with Luke singing and playing guitar, banjo and...

Luke Johnson & Studio8 upcoming gigs

Luke and I will be performing on Saturday 19 March at Gerringong Village Markets 9am -11am. Great atmosphere at these seaside markets, hope to see you there! In April, we are very excited to be performing at Tamworth Country Music Festival and Parkes Elvis Festival:...

Little Worlds is live

Luke Johnson's Little Worlds album is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Youtube Music, TikTok, Amazon Music and CD. The album comprises seven songs that we wrote together: Summer Storm, Falling, Little Worlds, Killing Time, Listen, Gift of Life &...

Berrima Vault House – our first gig for 2022

Luke and I played to a full Covid-safe house at the amazing Berrima Vault House last night.             Luke sang and played guitar, banjo and ukulele and I played keyboard. We performed all our original songs from the Goodbye Frankie...

Recording Little Worlds album

Luke and I kept busy during the lockdown by refining and recording some of the songs that we co-wrote for his new album, Little Worlds. The songs include: Summer Storm, Falling, Little Worlds, Killing Time, Listen, Gift of Life and Winds of Change, and can best be...

Wings over Illawarra 2021

The air show at Wings over Illawarra on the weekend was spectacular. From fighter jets to vintage biplanes, the manoeuvres and aerobatics were hair-raising. Dozens of aircraft were on display, including a Qantas 747, McDonnell Douglas Hornet, Catalina, DC4, Tiger Moth...

Australian Reading Hour 2021

Australian Reading Hour on Tuesday 14 September is an annual celebration of reading, literacy and books, and I'm proud to be an Australia Reads Ambassador for 2021. There are many free events for children and teens to get involved in: Watch online and read along to...

Our Outback Adventure

We're back home after our outback adventure and getting used to living in a house again. It's amazing how we happily lived in a pop-up camper with basic cooking and sleeping facilities for ten weeks. We set out from the Southern Highlands in early May and headed north...

Luke Johnson at the Taphouse Moss Vale during April 2021

Luke will be performing at the Taphouse (Southern Highlands Brewing) in Moss Vale every Thursday and Sunday in April: Thursdays 5.30pm to 8.30pm Sundays 3.00pm to 6.00pm Not only will Luke be performing original songs from his new album GOODBYE FRANKIE, he will also...

Luke Johnson’s Goodbye Frankie Album now available

Luke Johnson's Goodbye Frankie Album is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Youtube Music and Amazon Music. Songs include: Goodbye Frankie / Blue Sky / Heart of Australia / Believing / Like the First Time  / Shot in the Night / Too Late for Love  ...

Luke Johnson’s upcoming gigs

Luke Johnson, singer-songwriter guitarist, will be performing in February and March 2021 at the following venues: Saturday February 6 Exeter Village Market 9.30am to 12 noon, and Hendriks Cognac & Wine in Mittagong from 4pm to 8pm Sunday 14 February Sutton Forest...

Preview of the Goodbye Frankie album

For a sneak preview of Luke Johnson's Goodbye Frankie album on Spotify, click on the following link: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/lukejohnson1/goodbye-frankie Enjoy!    

Goodbye Frankie album cover reveal

Very excited to reveal the album cover for Goodbye Frankie. The songs on the album are all performed by my husband, Luke Johnson. Luke and I co-wrote the songs, which were recorded, mixed and mastered in the Southern Highlands in 2020. In most of the songs, Luke plays...

Luke Johnson – singer songwriter guitarist

Over the years I have co-written many songs with my husband, Luke Johnson. A talented singer songwriter guitarist, Luke is in the process of recording an album with seven of our songs. As well as playing acoustic guitar on the album, Luke also plays banjo and ukulele...

Inspirational Road Trip

We may not be able to travel overseas for holidays due to the Covid pandemic, but there is plenty to see in Australia. In July, my husband and I headed north towing our new Aliner (a compact pop-up caravan). After a short stay in the sleepy fishing village of...

Books at the Markets this weekend

I'm excited to be selling and signing my novels at the Gerringong and Kiama Markets this weekend. Flying through Clouds (winner of the SCBWI Spark Award, Older Readers, in 2017) and my first novel, Racing the Moon (published by Allen & Unwin in 2014) will be on...

Lunchtime Story Time Live with Michelle Morgan 19 May 2020

It was a pleasure to be part of Lunchtime Storytime Live last week presented to you by CBCA NSW. Here is the video of my live author talk and reading from Flying through Clouds: https://www.facebook.com/CBCANSW/videos/1334128760114961/      

CBCA NSW Lunchtime Storytime Live

Every weekday at 12 noon in May 2020, an Australian children's / YA author or illustrator will read from one of their published books, and the live video will be streamed on the CBCA NSW Facebook page or CBCA NSW website. I am very excited to be one of the guest...

Let’s get cultural

All of our cultural institutions may be closed during the coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean we are cut off from them. Many art galleries, libraries, museums, theatres and other cultural institutions are open 24/7 online offering virtual gallery tours,...

Staying connected

Whether you're in lockdown, self-isolating or maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, it's important to not only keep in touch with family and friends, but to continue work, education and other activities where possible. We have so much...

Another brilliant Tamworth Country Music Festival

Had a ball at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2020. So many great performers and venues to choose from, most of them free. For four wonderful days, my husband and I immersed ourselves in the music and put to the back of our minds level 5 water...

New look website

Introducing my new website - same url with a new look. The old website was created using Adobe Business Catalyst, which as you may know, is being phased out. I couldn't be happier with my new Wordpress creation. Thank you Sarah at JamesMarko for a brilliant job and...

Smashwords annual eBook sale

The annual Smashwords eBook sale is on for eight days only from 25 December to January 1, 2020. There are some great bargains, including my award-winning novel, Flying through Clouds, which is half-price. Happy reading, and have a wonderful 2020!  

100th Anniversary of first commercial flight above Sydney

It's 100 years since aviator, Nigel Love, flew movie photographer, Billy Marshall, on the first commercial flight over Sydney. [Nigel Love in the cockpit of a Curtiss Jenny biplane / Milton C. Kent, National Library of Australia, 4922163] To commemorate this...

Two of a kind – short play about racial tensions and stereotyping

Chuffed to get such positive feedback from the Head of English at Grace Christian School in Bunbury about my short play, TWO OF A KIND, which was read and discussed recently in class by Year 10 students. They found TWO OF A KIND to be a 'fantastic text' to compare...

Storytellers Festival at KXT 2019

So excited that excerpts from my new play, Karma, will be performed as part of the Storytellers Festival at Kings Cross Theatre in Sydney, which runs from 27 August to 7 September 2019.  You can catch performances of Karma on Thursday 29 August and 5 September at...

Postcard from Sydney Writers Festival 2019

Another brilliant Sydney Writers Festival has wrapped up. I thought it couldn't get any better than previous years, but it did. I took a different approach to selecting sessions to attend this year. As a writer, I've previously chosen sessions that related to my...

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Had a ball at the Tamworth Country Music Festival this year! The city was buzzing with dozens of buskers along the main street, and over 70 venues with free entertainment during the 10-day festival. I managed to see at least six performances each day in marquees,...

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