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Born in 1977, Josh Pyke is a singer and songwriter from New South Wales in Australia. The musician has been operating as a professional performer since 2000 and is signed to the Ivy League label, a recording company based in Sydney. A keen musician from an early age, Pyke joined his first band at the age of just 12. According to the singer, his first solo performance took place in front of 650 audience members. It was his primary school graduation ceremony. The young musician began to start writing his own songs from the age of about 14, soon trying out his own tunes at low-key events in and around his home city of Sydney.
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Pyke’s first significant break in music came when he applied for a grant under the Buzz Project, a scheme organised by the Music Board of the Australian Council, which promotes the country’s culture around the world and at home. The songwriter was successful and this allowed him to remix and master his demo recordings into something truly professional for the first time. An EP ensued, called Current Works Volume One. One of the tracks on it, “Kids Don’t Sell Their Hopes So Fast” received widespread critical acclaim in Australia. It also achieved a lot of airplay, with many stations picking up on its accessible vibe. As a result of the surprise minor hit, Pyke won the Jaxter Music Award for the single. He was able to spend the proceeds upgrading his home studio, and the songwriter subsequently focused on writing his debut solo LP.
A mini album full of Pyke’s musical ideas followed. Entitled Feeding the Wolves, it led to a contract being offered by Ivy League, who then released the album on their label. Two singles were taken from it, “Middle of the Hill” and “Private Education”. Building up his fan base all the time, Pyke went on to tour with Kevin Mitchell, before visiting New York for the first time to write and perform some showcase gigs. “Middle of the Hill” subsequently went on to feature in the Triple J Hottest 100 songs of 2005 in Australia.
More recently, Pyke released Chimney’s Afire, which was recorded in Sydney but mixed in Los Angeles. He has since won prizes for the best original song for a movie and for producing the Best Adult Contemporary Album in Australia, an accolade he won in 2009. His 2013 album, The Beginning and the End of Everything, led to a sold-out tour of Australia, marking his arrival as an artist of significant appeal and stature. In 2015, he performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for a special event at the city’s iconic opera house.
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