JELLY OSHEN AT BIGSOUND 2022
Written by Joel Devereux on August 9, 2022
Cairns crooner Jelly Oshen has emerged from Cairns releasing a steady stream of R&B flavoured bedroom-pop singles since his debut in 2019 clocking up 333k+ Spotify streams so far. Jelly has been selected as a showcase artist at Bigsound 2022 – Australia’s leading new music festival and industry conference – amongst the amazing 182 acts on 23 stages in 21 venues over 3 nights in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley 6th-9th September.
Jelly Oshen’s latest single ‘Bordalonely’ is a “tranquil, sunshine-tinged slice of R&B” (Good Call Live review)
Jelly will be dropping new tunes later this year from his forthcoming debut album and is also working on a live EP.
A lyricist by the age of 8, and a multi-instrumentalist by the age 12, Jelly Oshen (pronounced ‘ocean’) found his singer songwriter calling at 14 and has an ocean of material in the bank. Lyrics that stick, his songs transfix, where lo-fi styles meet a production sweet spot. If you want to understand Jelly Oshen think Bruno Mars and Rex Orange County meeting up with Frank Ocean… add a little island flava and you get Jelly Oshen.
With PNG/African/Chinese/Ambon-Indo and Russian blood flowing through his veins Jelly is a multi-cultural cocktail with a vibe that lifts the spirit. Born into a musical family and growing up surrounded by musicians, it makes sense when you see the old soul inside of this pure authentic music baby, his melodies and lyrics invoke the feeling and passion of someone with many more years of seasoning behind them.
Jelly Oshen’s super-chill R&B-tinged indie-pop has been scoring airplay on Triple J & Double J, ABC TV’s ‘Rage’ and cool stations around Australia and overseas, and Jelly was a Triple J Unearthed Feature Artist spot earlier this year.
On the live front, Jelly Oshen has been hand-picked for some super cool support slots – opening for Tones & I, Ocean Alley, Katchafire, Ben Lee, Emily Wurramara, Dami Im, Greta Stanley, Caravãna Sun, and Pirra. Jelly was scheduled to appear at Groovin The Moo Festival which was a casualty of covid cancellations. Although Festival Of The Sun in Port Macquarie was postponed a few times we were lucky to see the event go ahead earlier this year which saw Jelly Oshen along with San Cisco, Hermitude, Middle Kids, Skeggs, Kim Churchill, Ruby Fields. Coming up in November 2022 Jelly appears at the Rolling Hills Festival in Brisbane with Fat Freddy’s Drop, Katchafire, Drax Project & JessB.