Redtie was formed with one clear vision in mind. Capture the energy of some of Australia’s hottest young talent and create dynamic line ups that can be customised to suit any event large or small. With line ups ranging from our 2 piece Jazz Duo through to our 8 piece big band options from Rock to Pop and Dance, the team at Redtie will work with you to insure the entertainment is specifically tailored to your event, from song choices down to costuming we want to make it something truly unique for your big day.

Redtie was formed in 2014 and has since looked after shows across the GLOBE!

  • NYE at Anantara Hotel in Dubai 2016
  • NYE at Outrigger Hotel Phuket Thailand 2018
  • Corporate events in Hawaii, Dubai, Vietnam, New Zealand, Bali, Singapore, Cambodia and more
  • Repeat bookings since our first year in 2014 and still going!
  • Over 1000 corporate shows at some of Australia’s top venues.

Get To Know The Team

Shona Szoko

Bookings / Admin / Adventure Mum

Growing up in small town Wingham in NSW, Shona became an avid lover of live music from a young age. Raised in a musical family she found herself in the front of an old land cruiser going from venue to venue around Australia.

Shona also held another passion in looking after animals and after graduating high school in 2006 shona went on to study in Armidale and later spend the next 8 years in the Veterinary industry. After marrying her husband Jordan in 2015 and having their first child Corbin, the opportunity came up to join the family business Redtie in 2016. Shona now handles all bookings for Redtie and loves working in such a varied industry to help clients bring their dream events to life.

James Johnston

Owner / Lead Singer / Country Music Fan

From an early age James knew he was going to spend a life in the music industry, from playing his first show at only 4 years old, James never looked back performing every weekend across the country. At 16 he spend 1 week working in a packing factory and after that week came home to tell his parents he is only ever going to do music from that day on and that has stayed true ever since

After graduating high school in 2008 James went on Australian Idol placing 3rd out of 25,000 potential contestants. From there he travelled the country in an van playing music for over 2 years. After spending 3 months in 2014 backpacking the world James came back with a vision. To create a company that gave the best young talent in Australia an opportunity to play at some of the most exciting events across Australia, and so Redtie was born! Since then Redtie has grow to becoming one of the most in demand entertainment providers in Australia. Redtie has looked after shows in 11 countries and counting and has performed over 1000 events.

James also has a passion for writing his own original country music and when he can jumps on his motorbike around the hills of Brisbane.

Marie Johnston

Accounts / Guitarist / Horse Trainer

After moving to Australia from England as a child Marie soon found a passion for horse riding. After graduating marie went on to spend 6 years performing for the international renowned El Caballo Blanco with Andalusian dancing stallions, where you could find her regularly performing trick riding feats, from hanging underneath horses to leaping on stallions through the air.

After marrying her husband Grant, Marie went on to work in the Farm Machinery industry, where she was the owner operator of Chelmsford Farm Machinery with Grant for 30 years, becoming the leading dealer in the NSW north coast region. After selling the business in 2016 the opportunity came up to join her son James and daughter Shona in the family business Redtie. Marie now handles all accounts for Redtie and loves working in a new industry full of enthusiastic young musicians.
Marie also mainly works remotely and you will regularly find her sending emails from the back of her motorhome in some exotic location around Australia or pulling up for a coffee after a long ride on her Motorbike.

Jake Tomlins

Social Media / Drummer / Punnist

Music has all ways been written into Jakes future. Growing up in a household of musicians Jake was soon brought into the family band at only ten years old. The allure of the drums caught Jakes attention and as soon as he picked up the sticks you could regularly hear him playing through to the early hours of the morning.
Through Jakes high school years he would regularly play venues around South east Queensland and when the opportunity came up to play with a newly formed band Bringinshaw with his brother Alex he jumped at the opportunity. The band went onto to play at some of the biggest festivals across Australia as well as toured throughout the States.

After meeting his now fiancé Jamie, Jake decided to move to Melbourne but after spending a year playing around Melbourne Jake heard about many of his old band mates playing for Redtie back in Queensland and after a call with James, Jake and Jamie were packing their bags to head back to the sunshine state. Jake soon flourished in the band as a drummer and was soon asked to become permeant member of the behind the scenes team. Jake now handles all marketing for Redtie and you will still find him behind the kit every week as part of Redtie Band.

Hear from our customers

The band was absolutely fantastic and a joy to work with, all the boys were awesome, everyone loved them and wants to hire you all. And thank you for all your behind the scenes work, for being so accommodating and indulging us with our ridiculous, late requests!
 Thanks to you all on behalf of the All Hallows' Cool Blue committee.

All Hallows

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for Friday night, you guys where fantastic. We would certainly use you again.

Gold Coast Titans

Thank you for your fantastic entertainment. We had 3 events over 3 weeks and the way you adapted to the different clients from different countries was wonderful. Having the 3 piece band was perfect for our event and you managed to achieve exactly what we were chasing. Thanks again for your involvement. Can’t wait till next year.


We were really happy with Redtie for the Master Concreters Awards night. They were really organised and had a great smooth sound which suited the night’s proceedings. Please thank them for us for their professionalism and easy going natures that made them easy to work with.

Master Concreters Australia

On behalf of Mackay Festivals we’d like to say a big thank you to the Redtie Band for your performance at our Wine & Food Day and Supper Club events. You were a real pleasure to deal with, and your quick responses and organisation made our planning so much easier. Your performances on the day were fantastic and really got the crowds up and dancing.

Mackay Festival

Beef Australia Limited were delighted to engage Redtie Band to entertain our 1200 VIP guests at the Gala Beef Ball as part of the Beef Australia Expo... We were absolutely thrilled with the outstanding energetic performance of the Redtie Band. The number of guests on the dance floor clearly showed we had picked a winner.

Beef Australia