Tony Spence


Spend a moment in time with Tony Spence and your head will be spinning with what he has packed into his 15 years as a VOCALIST, GUITARIST and SONGWRITER, FRONTMAN AND FOUNDER OF TS AND THE COUNTRY MAGIC, Growing up between Redcliffe and Caboolture, a street kid at 13, by 15 years of age he had made a commitment to himself - to make something of his life through his music and so penning his first song – ‘Country Town’. Tony is big on commitment and where life and people may have let him down, he has not wavered from his music, it is his backbone and lifeblood. Lyrics from his latest composition, ‘Jealousy’, sums it up – “There’s no way you’re gonna bring me strife, There’s no way you’re gonna kill my pride”.Tony’s self-produced CD, ‘Living on Victory’s Edge’, is testimony to his talent, with three originals and four covers gracing the sleeve. Easy-going and happy to share his private thoughts, Tony explains how this CD represents achievement and success but has further plans to tour the States and Australia – a realist, Tony knows this is only possible with the help of a backer. “I want to record at Sun Studio in Memphis Tennessee; my band is ‘TS and the Country Magic’ but I imagine I will need to get to Memphis as a solo artist.” Already with a following, Tony’s recent performance at the Urban Country Music Festival saw fans travel from the States to hear him. It was here that he performed his latest composition ‘Jealousy’ and describes how the Festival scratch band provided awesome support with his public debut of the song, well received by the audience at the ‘Walk-up Stage’; this Festival also awarded him third place in the Busking Competition People’s Choice, (in 2011 he received fourth place), situating himself in the same location as he has for the past five years, near the Historical Village Railway Station. While country is at the heart of his oeuvre, Tony is a man for all seasons and can cut across musical genres however his delivery at the Urban and Tamworth country music festivals will essentially focus on originals with a country base. Despite being self-taught, It doesn't hurt to have music in the genes either - Tony’s father is a professional drummer, “Dad was the first drummer of Keith Urban”, and a believer in his son’s talent. These days Tony and Dad converge to perform with Dad following son; they will next appear together at Tamworth County Music Festival with the band backing Tony. Tony’s increasingly interesting stories, delivered with endearing honesty, make for engaging conversation, however, he leaves the jaw-dropping details to last. “I actually died last year, I was doing a gig at Caboolture and my heart stopped; it’s my third heart attack but this one killed me. Being brought back to life means you don’t take anything for granted; I don’t drink anymore, and my focus is my music. Before I get to the States I want to concentrate on expanding my music in small country towns; it’s not something people usually think about, they all head for the big city, but small towns can be your toughest crowds, your harshest critics and that’s what I am up for; the sincerity of bush towns means you know you've really made it.“ With those words it’s clear whatever the future holds, Tony will still call Australia home.... you can follow me at the following website...... Awards: We have performed in some of the most celebrated festivals in Brisbane such as Brisbane Festival, Zillmere Multicultural festival and they have headlined in World Refugee day with an audience of more than 13 000. They have received impressive media and editorial coverage in the following publications: The COURIER Mail, MX, City News, Scene magazine, The Chronicle, Caboolture Shire Herald Times etc. Furthermore radio stations such as SBS radio, ABC Coast FM, SBS radio, Toowoomba City 87.6 FM, 4KW radio, 4KQ and 4ZZZ have played their music and conducted on-air interviews with them. QYMA 2010, Brisbane Youth Service's fundraiser 2007, CLA's annual general meeting, espresso train cafe, Family week BBQ 2009/2012 ,City hall's homeless connect, Prime Ministers Drug and Alcohol Awards, labour day March, st Patrick's day March, the ACCAN Conference and Queensland Day Celebrations, Urban Caboolture Country Music festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Police commissioners Christmas carols 2005/2007 as well as TV APPEARANCES on (ABC, channel 7, channel 9 and state-line).







What is music to you? What does it give you?


What is your music dream?

To be known through my music

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

the entertainment industry

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

lights on the hill written by joy McKean and preformed by Slim Dusty

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Jimmy Barnes, slim dusty, Keith urban, Billy Bridge, Luke Combs, Luke Dickens, Billy Ray Cyrus, simple plan, Hanson, Taylor swift, abbie Ferris,

What inspires you to make music?

My father Mike Spence and best mate Greg Newman

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Let the music rock on in all of us

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I feel free

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?


What do you think of Drooble?

pretty good

What frustrates you most as a musician?

wannabe's thinking that know it all

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

yes by attending and supporting my local community

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?


Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Abbie Farris, billy Bridge, Rebecca Lee Nye, Victoria Justice,