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Australian artists on the frontline in Ukraine

Two Australian artists tour war-ravaged Ukraine, documenting Kyiv's devastation through their art....

 

Photo supplied by Hellen Rose: Hellen Rose and George Gittoes AM standing by Bucha Tanks, Kyiv Ukraine

 

 

Australian artists George Gittoes AM and Hellen Rose are navigating landmines and documenting the destruction on the frontline in Ukraine.

For more than fifty years, Gittoes has documented the best and worst of the human condition. He is well known for his confrontational work inspired by his personal observations of the world’s most notorious conflicts.

 

‘The Punisher’ by George Gittoes AM

 

He has used drawing, painting, filmmaking, photography and writing to tell the stories of what he has seen and experienced in a range of countries, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cambodia, Iraq, Israel, Rwanda, Somalia and South Africa.

Rose, an acclaimed performance artist, has also dedicated her life to humanitarian work. In 2014, she was included on the NSW Local Women of the Year Honour Roll and hopes to use the power of song to help the world evolve.

Now, as a couple, they aim to use their art to begin the process of healing and uniting people in Ukraine.

Gittoes, 72, told The Sentinel that in all his years of covering war, he has never seen a whole population as brave and committed to freedom as the Ukrainian people.

“They’re not going to give up, and it’s that spirit which is defeating the Russians,” he said.

 

“We hope that we are adding our voice to the millions of voices here in a cry for freedom.”

A city under siege

Bombs and missiles were raining down all around Kyiv when Gittoes and Rose arrived almost six weeks ago. They say every hour felt like they were literally playing Russian Roulette with their lives.

“The streets were empty … [There were] soldiers on every corner and you could have heard a pin drop in the street, in between the bombing sounds of Irpin and Bucha,” Rose said.

 

Photo supplied by George Gittoes AM- Inspiration for ‘The Punisher’ by George Gittoes AM

 

The Ukrainian Army blew up the bridge in Kyiv to prevent the Russians from seizing the city. The first cars to arrive as it collapsed couldn’t escape the Russians firing indiscriminately into them. Others were torched. Those who remained alive were executed in or near their cars.

“Going down what they’re calling the Bridge of Death was one of the most horrific things I’ve seen in my life,” Rose said.

“I’ve seen the remains of a mother still clinging to her child in the back of a car.

“The smell of death was overpowering.”

Gittoes says the destruction and devastation are like a thousand 9/11s. He recalls seeing a Russian tank destroyed in a fierce battle with Ukraine forces.

“There’s a dead Russian, like a Giacometti sculpture – he’s turned to coal. He’s just black and he’s inside a tank,” he said.

“I feel sorry for the Russian soldiers too because they’re often poor and they need the money.

“They’re being paid a bit extra to come here, they’re being told all this propaganda and there’s no way they could hear the truth.”

Humans of war

Following the war closely, Gittoes and Rose are travelling and documenting its impact on civilians with the help of a Ukrainian translator.

“So many have already lost everything,” Gittoes told The Sentinel.

“In most of these places now the electricity is cut off, they’ve lost their homes and it’s freezing. It’s snowing and they’re living outdoors, finding little bits of wood and burning them to boil a cup of tea.”

As they continue to earn the trust of the Ukrainian people, they are increasingly taking on the role of social workers.

“As we walked out from Guernica, Hellen noticed an old woman, Galaya, gingerly approaching with a walking stick,” Gittoes said.

“Hellen was drawn to Galaya and soon they were hugging like mother and daughter.

 

 

Photo supplied by Hellen Rose: Galaya and Hellen, Kyiv, Ukraine

 

 

“Galaya is 83. She told us that the Russians had killed her cow. Hellen drew her to her breast as she began to cry. The cow was her only remaining companion and she was able to make a little money from selling the milk.”

Gittoes has also been sharing his knowledge with the local farmers who are gradually de-activating the booby traps and digging up the landmines on a track to a popular recreation area.

“They were insidious … so invisible I would have walked into them,” he said.

“They were around child’s head height so dogs could get underneath them, but children and adults would trigger them. They were attached to hand grenades.

“There were others much worse than that. They completely mined the sports field and in between the trees, they put these wires with huge bombs made from two rockets.”

They say this is not the first time the Russian Army has targeted children, with “for the children” written on the rocket that struck the railway station in Kramatorsk.

According to Gittoes, bullet-riddled cars had “children” painted across their doors, hoping to avoid being targeted. He says images of his grandchildren flashed through his mind seeing the toys, books and clothing left behind.

He recounts finding an expensive-looking book resting on the driver’s seat of a car.

“It was black, and a pen was inserted holding a place between the pages. I walked to the other side of the car and opened it to discover it was a diary,” he said.

“The pages were dated. It ended the day the writer’s life ended.

“I put my camera through the shattered window and filmed my hand opening the diary to this last entry, flipping the blank pages. The diary would never be completed, like the life of the writer.”

Upcoming films and projects

Gittoes’ drawings capture images from life. One of his latest works depicts an old lady living on the steps into the Maidan Square train station. He says instead of photographing her in a series of portraits he has drawn her from his memory.

“She fills the underground with the sound of her wailing – it is loud, endless and heart wrenching,” he said.

 

 

 

‘The Scream’ artwork by George Gittoes AM

 

“I have not known how to approach her even though I know she is The Scream of Ukraine.”

 

“It’s like World War II. I could almost hear the ghosts of the Jewish people running from the Nazis.” – Hellen Rose

 

 

Gittoes and Rose are arguably as well-known for their filmmaking as for their art. Rose says they plan to juggle Ukraine with their Yellow House Jalalabad project in Afghanistan, and that in an upcoming film, they plan to show that Muslims in Afghanistan and Orthodox Christians in Ukraine are united in their struggle to maintain their culture and sense of autonomy.

“Both have the common history of a Russian invasion destroying their countries,” she told The Sentinel.

“We all fear; we all love; we’re all the same.”

Gittoes and Rose say they feel like they’ve gone back to the past.

“It’s like World War II. The scenery is the same. I could almost hear the ghosts of the Jewish people running from the Nazis, and that’s how I feel – that the Ukrainians are running from the fascists,” she said.

Both artists are used to working in war zones. Even so, the sights they have seen in Ukraine have had a profound effect on the couple.

Gittoes says that tripping over human remains, seeing dead bodies rotting in tanks, and body parts of mothers and children and their toys in shelled family cars are memories that will never leave them.

This article was previously published in the Sydney Sentinel.

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Self-reflection, planning & habit building to conquer your 2022 goals

It's never too late to set (or adjust) your objectives and make a strategy, no matter where you are right now. ...

My favourite time of year is the beginning of the new year. I get that it has a poor reputation for being an arbitrary time of year to “transform your life,” and that New Years’ resolutions are notorious for failing by February. Maybe 2021 was a really good year for you, and you’re on a roll. Or perhaps you’ve had a particularly rough year and are feeling trapped and uninspired. It’s never too late to set (or adjust) your objectives and make a strategy, no matter where you are right now.

 

Success is never a by-product of chance; it is the outcome of deliberate preparation and concentrated work. You must plan for 2022 if you want it to be better than the previous year. For years, I’ve utilised a monthly system of self-reflection and planning, and it’s been crucial in helping me become a more thoughtful, focused, and happier person.

 

 

 

Look Back Before You Look Ahead

As we welcome the year 2022, I’ve put up a list of questions you should ask yourself to help you create realistic goals:

 

  • What can you do better in 2022?
  • What went horribly wrong in 2021, and how can you avoid it?
  • What limiting behavioural patterns did I repeat this year?
  • What contributed to your growth (even if it was just a little bit) in 2021?
  • Who boosted my energy levels most? Who drained my energy levels most?
  • What types of goals do you want to fulfil in 2022 (e.g. career, lifestyle, family, mental health)?
  • Which habits had the most positive impact on my life?
  • Which habits had the most negative impact on my life?
  • What’s the biggest realisation you’ve had in 2021?
  • What worked and didn’t work in 2021 and what needs to change to achieve success?

 

3 Steps to Setting and Achieving Your Goals in 2022

 

 

  1. Write down what you want to achieve

 

Do you plan on writing a book this year? Do you want to eat more healthily? Do you want to start meditating? Imagine having unlimited access to whatever you desire and only having to choose from a menu.

 

 

  1. Write down your next steps

 

After you’ve worked out what you want, write down what you’ll need to do next to get there. Start by asking yourself these questions:

 

  • What are my restrictive behavioural patterns and what can I do to fix them?
  • How can I do more of the things that have had a positive impact on my life?
  • How can I do less of the things that have had a negative impact on my life?

 

If you’re starting a new book, for example, the following stage may be to come up with some book ideas or write a page. Keep it brief and straightforward so that your next step is something you can do on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

 

Don’t overcomplicate things; getting started is the key to achieving ambitious goals.

 

 

  1. Take action — starting today

 

It’s time to get started now that you know what you want and have your next steps mapped out. What five goals would you set for yourself if you had just one year to accomplish them? After you’ve selected your five goals for the year, prioritise them so you know where to focus your energy.

 

Here’s a pro tip: when something is truly important to you, go after it now – today.

Examine your to-do list and choose one item that you can start today. You’ll be astonished at how much progress you can achieve this year if you follow this approach consistently. Additionally, consider using a spreadsheet or Notion template to monitor your goals.

It doesn’t have to be grand; just do something to get you closer to your goals and resolutions for 2022. Want to exercise more in 2022? Do a 10-minute workout today. Want to write more for W’SUP next year? Write a 500-word article today. Want to read more books? Read for 15 minutes today.

Studies have shown that group study sessions can increase productivity. Photo: Tulane Public Relations/Wikimedia Commons, published under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

5 Daily Habits to Become a Learning Machine in 2022

Learning does not end when you acquire your formal degree; rather, it begins at that moment. “Wisdom is not a product of learning, but of a lifetime endeavour to acquire it,” Albert Einstein observed. I’ve discovered that the more I study, the sharper my thinking gets, the more opportunities I create, and the more meaningful my life becomes. This is why, in order to acquire as much wisdom as possible, I’ve set a few reading and study routines.

  1. Curate Your Online Media

Instead of serving as a source of inspiration and learning, most people’s social media feed serves as a source of entertainment and gossip. What if, instead of meaningless entertainment, you were met with inspiring accounts that taught you new things when you opened Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube? The average Australian spends about 1h 46m a day on social media. With so much time spent on social media each day, it’s a good idea to focus on self-improvement while curating your digital feed.

  1. Make Self-Education a Top Priority

I’m not here to criticise the tertiary education system; rather, I’m here to encourage self-education. Learning does not end when you graduate from TAFE or college or university; rather, it begins. You can acquire any skill at any time of day because of the internet’s abundance of knowledge. There’s a wealth of knowledge available at your fingertips, whether it’s through YouTube videos, blog articles, online courses, SkillShare classes, books, email newsletters, or podcasts. There are no excuses.

  1. 1 Hour of Entertainment → 1 Hour of Learning

I’m not suggesting that you eliminate all forms of entertainment from your life. You know you don’t have to live like a Spartan. That isn’t much fun in life. Do you, on the other hand, require 5+ hours of entertainment every day? What if you swapped an hour of Netflix or social media for an hour of reading, listening to a podcast, taking a course (on Skillshare or Coursera), or something else? This one modification in your daily routine will have a significant impact on your personal and professional growth. To put it another way, one hour of daily reading equates to 45–55 novels each year.

  1. Broaden Your Horizons and Stop Judging People

Everyone, in my opinion, can teach us something. Every individual, whether a janitor or a highly successful CEO, a criminal or a monk, has something to teach us. The majority of individuals, on the other hand, allow their egos, beliefs, and judgments to come in the way of keeping an open mind and learning from others. A spiritual person is labelled as a freak. A successful entrepreneur is labelled as a workaholic. They consider a wealthy investor to be a jerk. A closed mind is characterised by rapid judgement. Fixed beliefs are indicated by a closed mentality. They are an indication of someone who refuses to learn. What if you put aside your judgement and replaced it with curiosity? What if you began inquiring about other people’s opinions, habits, and day-to-day activities? This does not imply that you must agree with everyone, but it does imply that you must retain an open mind. Overall, let go of your ego, judgments, and beliefs so that you may broaden your horizons and learn from others.

While books have been slowly translating over to digital media platforms such as Kindle, nothing beats that antique book smell. Photo: Julia Spranger/Wikimedia Commons, published under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.
  1. Read Books. Seriously.

Reading books is the biggest life hack there is. To no one’s surprise, the average millionaire reads more than 24 novels every year. Books have taught me more about entrepreneurship, marketing, and investing than my university degree ever did. Here’s what I recommend if you want to make reading a stronger daily habit: Make it a part of your morning or evening routine by scheduling it in your calendar app or productivity planner. Sign up for a free trial of an audiobook service to read on the move and most importantly, turn your ‘dead time’ into learning time (e.g., a daily 1-hour commute can be used to listen to audiobooks).

Also, if you haven’t read James Clear’s book Atomic Habits, I strongly advise you to do so. Here are a few inspirational phrases that have remained with me and will get you pumped for 2022:

 

  • “Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.”
  • “You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.”
  • “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.”
  • “Success is the product of daily habits — not once-in-a-lifetime transformations.”
  • “When you can’t win by being better, you can win by being different.”
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Cup49 makes DIY bubble tea a reality

By TILEAH DOBSON With Australia being a multicultural country, it was only a matter of time for Taiwan’s boba tea to make its way Down Under. With t...

By TILEAH DOBSON

With Australia being a multicultural country, it was only a matter of time for Taiwan’s boba tea to make its way Down Under. With the rise of franchise chains like Chatime, Gong Cha and Sharetea, bubble tea has become a popular beverage.

Prompting some health benefits through their various black and green teas, the customization and overall taste are why this beverage is immensely popular with residents, particularly university students.

Despite its immense popularity, the constant cost of buying one individual serving can add up over time. Thankfully, a rise of small businesses that can cater to the bubble tea need has emerged. One such local small business is Cup49.

Based in Melbourne, this small business is run by Serene Lim and was established in 2019 by Lim and her friend. Loving bubble tea but hating the plastic waste from the cups, Lim and her friend began their business by selling reusable cups.

“It all started when I saw the photo attached on Facebook of a large construction bin overfilled with plastic cups from various bubble tea brands. I love bubble tea and treat myself weekly but have never thought much about the consequences of my bubble tea addiction, until this photo,” Lim said.

“From our research, on average, a bubble tea store in Melbourne sells about 48 cups of bubble tea per hour. That’s 48 plastic cups, 48 plastic straws, 48 plastic lids and 48 plastic bags that will end up in our oceans or landfill. We decided on the name Cup 49 in hopes that our cup will be the 49th and forever reusable bubble teacup.”

What started out as a way to sell reusable cups, Cup49 has grown significantly. Photo: Supplied.

“We then expanded our range to DIY bubble tea kits because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We were in lockdown and couldn’t get our bubble tea fix without breaking the bank. I remember uber-ing a single bubble tea and paying $15.49 for it! So I thought there must be a way for all of us to make bubble tea in the comfort of home, customised to our preference without going broke.”

 

What started as a small business had quickly grown into a bubble tea enterprise, largely thanks to loyal customers. A small team of nine, Cup49 aims to ensure people can get their delicious tea whilst keeping the planet cleaner.

 

Lim sympathised with university students who often spent money on bubble tea and encourages Western Sydney University (WSU) students to check out her website.

“I remember not having much money back in university and would have really loved a cost-effective DIY bubble tea solution. All those late nights studying for exams in the law library with massive uncurbed bubble tea cravings because there were no bubble tea shops near me,” Lim said.

 

Ideas for new products is a combined effort from Lin’s team and her community of loyal customers, affectionately nicknamed Boba Baes. While still working on getting halal certification for customers, Cup49 products are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. There are plenty of fruit teas available for those who cannot handle dairy as well.

 

Lim is continuously grateful for the support from not only her customers, but her team, family, and friends.

“We get heaps of support from family and customers. My dad folds our blue tissue paper, my mum helps with accounts, my in-laws and siblings help pack orders when we need the extra hand. My husband pretty much supports me in every aspect, mentally, physically, emotionally,” Lim said.

Cup49 offers two base teas for customers to pick and enjoy, Jasmine and Black tea. Photo: Supplied.

“We have the best customers ever; they’re always telling their friends and family about us and raving about our products on social media. You can see heaps of customer stories that we re-share on our Instagram cup.49. That’s not it, we’ve got customers who choose not to use a discount code just to support our small business. Like who does that!”

“It can get lonely and stressful running a small business yourself so I am so grateful to have the best support system.”

Lim’s large following on social media platforms such as Facebook and TikTok has helped her business immensely. On her TikTok, she shows complete transparency with her followers on how orders are packed, what the warehouse looks like and even shows how to make various kinds of teas.

With bestsellers such as are Brown Sugar Milk Tea Kit, Ultimate Fruit Tea Combo Kit, Trio Popping Pearls and the one that started it all, Reusable Bubble Tea Cup Set, Lim and her team have a bright future ahead.

“I just find it interesting that we’ve been making tea, coffee, smoothies at home but making bubble tea at home only became a thing in the last 1-2 years. Now we have access to premium bubble tea ingredients with easy, quick recipes to make our perfect cup of bubble tea, wherever, whenever,” Lim said.

For more information about Cup49 or to place an order and support a small business, go to cup49.com.

Tileah Dobson is an editor for W’SUP and the news editor for the Sydney Sentinel.

P.S. If Cup49 wants to sponsor me, I won’t say no 😉

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New survey shows how young people feel

By TILEAH DOBSON Young people in Australia today are dealing with copious amounts of stress. From social, physical, financial, and now a pandemic was ...

By TILEAH DOBSON

Young people in Australia today are dealing with copious amounts of stress. From social, physical, financial, and now a pandemic was thrown in, it’s no wonder most of us are anxiety-riddled messes.

New research conducted by the Monash Centre for Youth Policy and Education (CYPEP) has found that youth people are experiencing more financial worries than ever before.

The 2021 Australian Youth Barometer, which had been conducted by CYPEP, surveyed over 500 Australians between the ages of 18-24. The report focused on the views of young Australians on topics such as education, employment, health and wellbeing, finances, housing, civic participation and Covid-19’s impact.

One of the biggest concerns found in the study was security for young Australians. 69 per cent of young people felt it was the government’s responsibility to ensure access to affordable housing for everyone. Their biggest concern in this area was whether or not they’d be able to afford a house in the current market.

22 per cent said they were struggling financially, with food and housing their main priorities. Young Australians with a disability were 1.7 times more likely to report financial difficulties.

Director of CYPEP, Professor Lucas Walsh, says the findings have highlighted the complex picture of what it means to be a young Australian.

“The Barometer highlights a mix of positivity and resilience amongst young people, while also showing deeper challenges related to their futures,” Professor Walsh said.

“The survey findings showed the pressures some young Australians were under and provided an insight into understanding what ‘the new normal’ might look like post-COVID and how we can collectively build thriving communities and sustainable futures for the benefit of all Australians.”

With a variety of issues and obstacles in their path, it’s a wonder why young Australians struggle under the weight. Photo: Western Sydney University/Facebook.

Although the reported buy-now-pay-later services like Afterpay have a negative impact on their finances, 53 per cent are reportedly using them on a regular basis. Social media was given mixed feelings by the participants, despite their stereotypes.

29 per cent of people, just under a third, reported having poor or very poor mental health. Chair of CYPEP Advisory Board, Katrina Reynen OAM, attributes these results to young Australians experiencing ‘unprecedented’ times and continuing to make up the new normal as they go along.

“We can all learn so much from young people who own the responsibility of ensuring that their world and policies reflect their needs,” Reynen said.

“The Youth Barometer is a brilliant way to amplify the voices of young people and is underpinned by the world-renowned research capability of Monash University. This important work has laid a baseline of youth voice which will enable future evaluations to track youth sentiment, anxiety, attitudes, hopes and dreams.”

Despite living through a pandemic and switching to online learning, the survey found 58 per cent of young people were satisfied with online learning. This hugely outweighs the 14.7 per cent that was unsatisfied with the new switch to learning.

Tileah Dobson is an editor for W’SUP and the news editor for the Sydney Sentinel.

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Western Sydney gains a new sports centre

By TILEAH DOBSON As the year draws to a close, exciting things are in the works for early 2022. Western Sydney will be gaining a new indoor sports cen...

By TILEAH DOBSON

As the year draws to a close, exciting things are in the works for early 2022. Western Sydney will be gaining a new indoor sports centre, set to open in March 2022.

The Billbergia Indoor Sports Centre, which will be located in Camellia, Western Sydney, is a 5,000 metre-square sports centre that will contain four FIBA basketball courts. It’ll also house over 21 sports and activities that will allow up to 1,000 spectators. A café for food, an outdoor garden styled milk bar, multipurpose training rooms, a soft play gym for children and family-friendly rooms.

This sports centre is the combined dream of Co-Founders of the Western Sydney Wolves and Diverse Abilities, Ronnie Khalil and Medeya Hamzze. The pair released a joint statement, expressed their joy at their vision coming true.

“The new indoor centre is a win for the Paramatta local government area and for Western Sydney as a whole,” they said.

“After an intense past two years dealing with lockdowns, the Billbergia Indoor Sports Centre will not only offer an outlet for families and members of the community to enjoy a multitude of sports and recreational activities, but on the economical level, a significant amount of money will be injected into the local economy.’’

For Billbergia Managing Director and owner, John Kinsella AM, this is a good move for the local community.

“For us, creating communities means investing in an environment that brings families and community members together, and inspires and promotes healthy, active lifestyles. We’re thrilled to be part of this transformational project for the community of Camellia,” Kinsella said.

The new sports centre will offer a wide range of indoor activities for residents to enjoy. Photo: Western Sydney Wolves/Facebook.

Billbergia has already signed a one-year partnership with Sydney FC A-League Women’s team and has sponsored the Sydney FC Academy which assists with the Sydney FC Youth Academy. These are just a few of the long list of investments Billbergia has made when it comes to supporting players, of all ages, across all sports.

Minister for Sport, Natalie Ward has stated her support for the stadium.

“The Billbergia Indoor Sports Centre is a win for the community, revolutionising the competitor experience and injecting millions of dollars into the local economy,” Ward said.

Member for Parramatta, Dr Geoff Lee has also voiced his support for the incoming stadium.

“The Billbergia Indoor Sports Centre forms part of an unprecedented investment in infrastructure in the area,” Dr Lee said.

“With improvements to integrated transport links and investment in local cultural facilities, Billbergia Indoor Sports Centre will be an extremely inviting precinct with a multi-use sports centre, outdoor space, indoor activity centre and kids play areas forming part of the project.”

Once the centre is completed and open, it’ll become the new home for the West Sydney Wolves Basketball Association. The centre is currently on track to be open in early 2022.

Tileah Dobson is an editor for W’SUP and the news editor for the Sydney Sentinel.

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Smooth tunes from an ex-cult member – Jon Bryant

If you like the sounds of Joji, Jon Bryant is another musician you should lend your ears to....

From ex-cult member to smooth rocker, Jon Bryant communicates and reflects his experiences in his upcoming album Cult Classic, May 17 2019, with his leading, smooth and melodic, Ya Ya Ya Ya.

Jon Bryant Press Photos – Photographed by Carly Dame

Imagine… It’s a lovely, cloudy day in Western Sydney. Rain drops begin to pitter patter on your window sill, as the smell of hot chocolate takes over your room. You turn your spotify (or apple music, up to your preference) on to Jon Bryant’s “Ya Ya Ya Ya.” The song sends you into a deep, surreal, trance as you drift off into the melodic voice and tunes of Mr Bryant’s music.

If you like the sounds of Joji, Jon Bryant is another musician you should lend your ears to. Jon Bryant is an up and coming Canadian Artist in the genre of soft rock. Bryant’s music is inspired by the groovy sounds of Bruce Hornsby, The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. But what makes Bryant stand out the most is his mysterious and intriguing past which he reflects upon in his full length album, Cult Classic.  

Before he stepped into studio, Bryant was a member of undisclosed Cult. In that time, Bryant felt that it was hard to leave due to his love to learn and discover the truth. Bryant. In his own words, felt “transformed and enlightened.”

In the early days of writing the music for this album, I saw myself (and the world around me) through the lens of a cult. It was only until I was involved with one, did I actually realise that they’re interwoven through so much of culture. To be in a cult is to be human Jon Bryant stated in a reflection of his time in the cult.

Jon Bryant Press Photos – Photographed by Carly Dame

It was in 2017, Bryant set his goal to produce Cult Classic, after he settled with Afterlife studios (Vancouver). Jon Bryant currently has 15 million combined streams for top 5 tracks on spotify.

Instead of only composing on guitar, Bryant decided to write with piano, becoming a multi-instrumental artist. Bryant’s sound evoked the imagery of sweeping and soaring cinematic scopes, as he reflect his evolvement and his leaving of this cult. You can listen to Ya Ya Ya Ya here.

Bryant’s story is extremely inspiring and a reminder that no matter what your past is, good or bad, that it’s not the end. You can accomplish anything, if your put your faith in it. Stay tuned for more of Jon Bryant’s excellence, as his upcoming album Cult Classic will be released next month. You can also follow Jon Bryant here for updates on his music and performances on his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:

Website: JonBryantMusic.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/JonBryantMusic

Twitter: Twitter.com/JonrBryant

Instagram: jonrbryant