"In a galaxy several thousand lightyears away, a council of the Galactic Federation selected 3 of their best transvibrational beings to travel as emmisaries to planet Earth. Their appointed mission was to observe and adapt as musicians in separate continents, and through cosmic and technological connectivity impart their vibrational messages of healing and energy while reactivating star codes through earthly forms of musical communication."
SpaceJunky comprises 3 Australian musicians and a US producer. (SpaceJunky is the band name that Tania Smith uses for all her pop recording projects.She records meditation CDs under the name Crystal Gypsy.) At the time they met and connected, life was taking them to other continents to live and work in the music business. Tania to the US & Luke to Malaysia, while Dan remained in Sydney. Not to be stopped they spent months at a time together when they could, living and working together writing and recording until "Resident Alien" was born. Actually the vault contains about 3 albums! collectively have played on some of the biggest stages in the world, recorded albums, and written hit songs for and with some of the biggest artists in the business. From Kylie Minogue to TrickDaddy, Jamie O'Neal to Olivia Newton-John these guys & girl have been involved with grammy winning albums. All the while coming together when they could and working on this project that is SpaceJunky they have lent their talents to others and now it's their turn. Introducing you to a band that lives on 3 different continents, is fronted by a girl who spanks a Hammond B3 and is connected by an unforseen energy that is SpaceJunky.
May the groove be with you!
Tania Smith - Songwriter, Producer Lead Vox & Keys
Tania started playing keyboards (in particular the Hammond B3) in Tasmania, Australia at the age of 8. She was playing professionally at 10, & grew up playing R&B, Blues & Jazz in the local club scene. At 15 she won the national Yamaha Electone keyboard competition in Australia becoming the first Tasmanian to do so.
Later she moved to Sydney playing live & appearing in videos with some of Australia’s biggest artists including Beatfish (w/ Martin Plaza-Mental As Anything & James Freud-Models), Alex Smith (Moving Pictures), Margaret Urlich, Gyan & touring Australia, Japan & the UK with Kylie Minogue as her keyboardist and appeared in her KYLIE-LIVE! concert video which was filmed in Dublin at "The Point". She co-wrote the song "Something More" for Australian country duo Fisk & Cristian on their "Joyride" album and she's also written music for Nintendo and Gameboy
While singing on an album with James Blundell she met American producer Rafe Van Hoy & started pursuing a solo career. A song they wrote together helped Ashley Cleveland win a Grammy in ’95 for best Rock Gospel Album. The song “Lesson Of Love” was also the album title.
Currently living inthe US she has toured the US and overseas with Jamie O'Neal as her musical director/keyboardist in support of her "SHIVER" CD on "The Girls Night Out Tour" with Reba, Martina McBride & Sarah Evans, as well as tours by Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, LoneStar & Toby Keith. She has also played on recordings & albums by artists & writers such as such as Billy Burnette, (Fleetwood Mac member) Steve Azar, Paul Carrack, Bekka Bramlett, Kylie Minogue (Live In Dublin), Tony Colton, Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn & Billy Mann (Pink, Sting, Celine, Dion, Jessica Simpson).
She has appeared on TV shows such as David Letterman, Jay Leno, CMT Most Wanted Live, CMT's On The Verge as well as music videos & has performed live as musical director for Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson & Leeanne Womack for one off appearances.
SpaceJunky also played as the studio band behind country rocker Steve Azar. Not only did they deliver him a 2 hit single that remained on the charts for 48 weeks they also played a smoking swamp-roots version "Big Blue Sky" written by SpaceJunky producer Rafe Van Hoy, which has been recorded and released by Reba McEntire on her First Valentine's Day Album "Love Revival".
Tania continues to produce different recording projects as well as recording meditation CDs under the name "Crystal Gypsy".
Dan Harris - Guitars, Songwriter
Born in Sydney Australia, as Dan grew up there were always musical instruments lying around the house to experiment with. Inspired by a musical father he consciously chose the guitar at age 11 and began his musical journey. Mostly self taught by the age of 16 Dan was playing in original and cover bands up and down Australia’s east coast.
After a few years developing writing and performance skills he expanded into session work at studios including Studios 301, The Music Farm and Song Zu. Performances, TV appearances, videos and recordings for artists such as Olivia Newton John, Ian Mason (LRB), Steve Azar, Take That, Grace Knight (Eurogliders) as well as national jingles, TV shows such as Beyond 2000 and documentaries and DVDs for the Discovery Channel.
Always in search of special musical connections and inspiration, fate led Dan to become the guitarist for SpaceJunky to continue a unified quest to bring joy to listeners everywhere transcending boundaries of language, race and religion throughout the universe with the power of music.