The year ahead is looking to be the most hectic yet for the Queensland based Native American. The celebrated songwriter is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Americana and Alt-Country music in Australia, bringing a prestigious Boston Conservatory approach to the traditionally organic genre.
“I have been lucky enough over the years to have had an incredibly diverse musical journey. From Vegas shows and cruise ships to duets with Shane Nicholson, back up vocals for Michael Buble and a tour with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. From the White House to the Dag Sheep Station in Nundle.”
But Mize is conscious of maintaining the balance of performing, writing and teaching. “It is a balancing act, but I have seen how teaching improves my writing and vice versa.”
In the midst of this mayhem, Jen is also launching her new podcast “Vagabond Highway Radio”, which gives unprecedented insight into the lives of traveling musicians in Australia.
A descendant of the Lumbee Tribe of Native Americans, Mize hails from a family of Georgia cotton and North Carolina tobacco farmers, Appalachian moonshiners, and growers of what she likes to winkingly refer to as “questionable crops.”
‘Jen Mize is more than a great singer-songwriter... she’s a true artist. From the first time I heard her sing, she gripped my heart with raw honesty and deep soul.’ -John Walker, Music City Roots