He might be young, but there’s always been something wise-beyond-his-years about Budjerah. The Coodjinburra musician’s debut, self-titled EP, released earlier in 2021, displayed an aptitude for the sheen and indelibility of old-school soul singers, a quality that spoke to the classic records he was raised on growing up in coastal New South Wales.
Budjerah’s phenomenal run commenced in October 2020 with his acclaimed debut single Missing You, which landed the #1 most played position on triple j, and soon followed with his runaway hit single Higher, which achieved Top 30 national airplay. Budjerah performed on The Sound, Music From The Home Front, and at the AFL Dreamtime match; and collaborated with dance music superstars PNAU. He announced a partnership with Warner Records US, was named an Apple Music Up Next artist and most recently was selected as one of the artists from around the globe for #YouTubeBlack Voices Artist Class of 2022.
Budjerah’s personal highlights include supporting local luminaries including The Avalanches, Thelma Plum, Jack River and Lime Cordiale, and performing to a sold out crowd in Sydney who sang along adoringly to all his songs. “It was always my dream come true to perform to hundreds of people, and now it’s right in front of me,” Budjerah says. It makes sense: Budjerah’s music makes dreams feel like shining, tactile reality.
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