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2-4 Jayson Watkin and Mitch Power
The saying “life is a rollercoaster” has been long held as a universal truth. It’s not hard to see why. Some of us hold on for dear life, while others jump the tracks. The stretch of rail beneath Australian songwriter Jayson Watkin has taken some intriguing turns over the past seven years.
The Far North Queensland native released an acclaimed debut record in 2009 that brought him a hard-earned taste of success. However, he was unable to ride the wave and Watkin soon found himself on a journey of self sabotage, plummeting him into heartbreak. These slings and arrows are laid bare on the new record, Lifeboat.
Watkin’s first album, Rain of Mercy, spawned a hit single, ‘Jacky Kneebone’, and announced him as a songwriter that demanded attention. With little effort, over 5000 copies found their way into Australian homes and Watkin held the number one spot on Brisbane’s 98.9FM All Australian Top 20 for six weeks, collected a coveted Qsong award and received a nomination for male vocalist of the year at the Queensland Country Music Awards.