Springsure local Josh Nixon set to open for Tina Arena

OPENING FOR A STAR: From Far Away Places acoustic duo Harry Marshall and Josh Nixon get ready to perform as a support act for Tina Arena.
OPENING FOR A STAR: From Far Away Places acoustic duo Harry Marshall and Josh Nixon get ready to perform as a support act for Tina Arena. Contributed

SPRINGSURE'S Josh Nixon is young, he's got the talent and it's his time to shine.

The 15-year-old Marist College Emerald student is one of the locally-sourced support acts for international star Tina Arena at her free Emerald concert on Sunday, July 14.

Josh and fellow student Harry Marshall formed their acoustic duo From Far Away Places in 2005, and among their impressive credits to date are supporting country superstar Lee Kernaghan, and X Factor winner Reece Mastin.

But a gig with Tina Arena takes the duo to a whole new level.

"It's crazy," Josh said.


"It's the biggest act we've ever done.


"My mum knows her music and likes her - she is a worldwide star."

Josh and Harry got a taste of success when they won a talent competition at Marist, and since then they've been "gigging around and going great".

Their first radio play came from a performance at the Rolleston pub when ABC radio was there doing interviews.

"That was really cool," Josh said.

"Then Harry went to Brisbane to record tracks for his EP with JAM, and I went in a talent contest called CH has got Talent, and that got me a place opening for Lee Kernaghan.

"It was an awesome night."

Recently named Australia's greatest female artist of all time, Tina Arena joins with the Queensland Youth Orchestra for concerts in Moranbah on Friday, July 12, from 6pm, and Emerald on Sunday, July 14, from 4.30pm.

Take a blanket or a chair to the alcohol-free events.

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