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    IGA Lord Mayor's Carols in the City

    Post by QueenTiger on Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:57 pm

    source: http://www.carolsinthecity.com.au/

    Attention: BRISSY.

    Saturday 4th December 2010.
    Gates open 5pm
    Show at 7:15pm



    STAN WALKER Woo Hoo..

    "I want people to not just hear the songs I sing, but I want them to feel the heart behind it. It's so much more than a pretty lyric, and a pretty melody, I just want them to feel the soul behind my voice, and get a sense of who I am."
    Despite the audience votes, the judge's praise, the cheering, the applause and the fireworks, Australian Idol Stan Walker is still in a state of disbelief of everything that's happened to him in recent weeks. "It hasn't sunk in at all yet. I don't know... I've been really busy since winning the show so I haven't really had time to sit down and think about it. All throughout, it wasn't about the actual winning of the show for me, it was about succeeding along the way. With all the support I had throughout the show, it already really felt like I was winning ... it wasn't just about the end result," he says modestly.

    Thrilled to have won the show, and to more importantly have kick-started his dreams of becoming a recording artist, and signing with Sony Music, Stan Walker is on top of the world right now. The unassuming, likable boy from Coolangatta QLD stunned audiences and judges with the depth of his talent and his surprisingly-mature soulful voice, which spurred international superstar Michael Bublé to say in awe to Stan, "That voice... it's like God kissed your throat".

    "I don't even know what to say about that - it's a real humbling thing, eh? I felt kinda strange that they said those kind of things to me because I'm just no one really. I just do my thing and try to sing the best that I can. I can't really explain how I feel about it because I get a bit embarrassed. It was really encouraging to hear though," says Stan of the effect his voice had on velvet-crooner Bublé .

    Born in Melbourne, Stan and his family moved back and forth from Australia to New Zealand, spending relatively equal periods of his life in both countries. The 19 year-old singer says his heart belongs to both countries, and is fortunate that both countries have embraced him so whole-heartedly.

    "I love Australia, it's become my new home. New Zealand will always be my first home, but I like to call myself a Mozzie-boy these days - which is a Māori/Ozzie! Australia is the place of opportunity, especially for my people, and it's just been fantastic that I was able to come over here and have Australians support me, regardless of what color I am, or where I'm from. I really do thank Australia a lot for giving me the opportunity to live my dream out. It's been amazing."

    As one of five children in the Walker family, Stan remembers that despite some tough and very trying times growing up, that music was always a very fond part of his memories. "Māoris sing at wedding and funerals, and all of our big occasions - it's part of who we are, and what we do as a community. My whole family is musical - we're kinda like a family-band; a very different kind of Brady Bunch! Our culture is very musical, so we've brought up with music as being an important part of our lives.

    "Music has always been some sort of an escape for me; somewhere I could kind of refuge myself. I always turned to music when I needed to - it was my security blanket. If I was feeling down, I'd go to my room, and just try and sing myself to sleep."

    As his teenage years progressed it was obvious to those around him - his family, friends, and the people at his church - that Stan possessed a very special gift as a singer, but despite having his dreams, Stan was not really sure whether he would make a career out of singing. "Before Idol I was working in retail in a menswear shop. I'd always had big dreams, but I just never really thought about the reality of actually making it happen. I knew that I wanted singing to be my life, but I never knew that it would be taken to this level. "We never had any kind of industry connections previously. There were some managers who were interested in me earlier on, but my mum felt I was too young at the time. None of us knew anything about how the music industry really worked - it was a mystery to us. Then Idol came along, and everything changed."

    At the heart of Stan Walker's talent is his incredible voice. It is a solid, unwavering, naturally-gifted ability to sing music with soul, which Stan delivers effortlessly. "Soul isn't how deep you sing or what style you sing, it's music that comes from the heart. Soul music is all about wearing your heart on your sleeve; it's something that comes from within, it's not a style of music as such," he says, adding that his favourite singers include the likes of Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Renee Geyer.

    "I want people to not just hear the songs I sing, but I want them to feel the heart behind it. It's so much more than a pretty lyric, and a pretty melody, I just want them to feel the soul behind my voice, and get a sense of who I am."

    Stan laughs when quizzed on audience reactions to his talent. "I know I can sing, but right now I'm just trying to get used to how everyone is reacting to me and my voice. It's really strange because I've never thought of myself that I could be someone big or great as a singer, so it's all still really weird to me, and I'm buzzing out about it."

    Stan Walker's debut album "Introducing... Stan Walker" is a collection of eleven impressive recordings - cover songs that were featured on his appearances on Australian Idol, as well as a couple of brand new songs, including his debut single "Black Box", which has already found it's way to the top of the Australian charts.

    "When I first heard ?Black Box' I thought it was a wicked song, but when I first sang it, it was a bit of a challenge because it wasn't necessarily my type of song to sing straight away. I did always love the song, but singing the song and making it my own was the challenge I had in the beginning. I love the way it turned out, and I'm really proud of it, being my first single."

    A collaboration with Guy Sebastian, one of Stan's own personal idols, on a new song called "Think Of Me" is one of the major highlights for the young singer on his debut album. "I feel that this song is really me - it's much more my sort of song naturally; it fits me like a glove. It's a cool soul song which has been modernised by the beat, and I really do love it. Guy helped out with all the backing vocals and production, and he is such an amazing person, and I feel like I've made a really good friend out of working with him. I think he'll be a lifelong friend, and I really feel he's got my back with encouragement and good advice."

    Covering the likes of Al Green, James Brown, Prince, Luther Vandross, John Legend on the album, as well as including his incredible version of "Amazing Grace", Stan Walker's debut album highlights the discovery of a truly remarkable young talent. "I love all the songs on the album. I can't pick a favourite. If you wanted me to pick a favourite, I'd tell you one song... then another... and before long I would have listed all the songs on the album," Stan says, grinning enthusiastically.

    It's been said that Stan's voice is his greatest asset, and whilst in many senses that may be true, it has also been noticed that Stan's nature, personality, and demeanour is equally valuable. Stan Walker has already emerged as a role model to many people, and he himself realises that his story and experience gives him the opportunity to act as an ambassador and representative for a population of the community who feel isolated and disconnected from mainstream society.

    "I really want to represent Polynesian people, Aboriginal people, and other ethic groups of people who have to deal the same kind of issues in their communities, but at the very same time I also want to represent all the young Australians who may also be finding things a little more difficult than others. It's not about where you're from, it's about who you are - my goal is to show people that through the struggle there is definitely a brighter future on the other side. I'm one of those broken people who've gained everything through my experience, and I want to show everyone that it's possible if you stay true to who you are. I really believe that talent can take you so far, but it's your character that can take you all the way.


    http://www.stanwalker.com.au | www.bandit.fm/poparazzi/stanwalker

    Other Artists singing aswell will be:

    James Morrison, Paulini, Troy Cassar-Daley and many more.


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    Re: IGA Lord Mayor's Carols in the City

    Post by Nicola on Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:00 am

    Wow, what a fantastic article - thanks for posting that Renee. I so enjoyed reading that.
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    Re: IGA Lord Mayor's Carols in the City

    Post by _KENNY on Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:56 pm

    oh cool Stan and Paulini are performing!! i live in queensland..but Brissy too far..lol we'll get to see it on TV anyways..i think it'll be on channel 9
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    Re: IGA Lord Mayor's Carols in the City

    Post by LASERAsmiles on Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:21 pm

    stan's performance at LMCITC :)

    link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYepfZ4zme4
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    Re: IGA Lord Mayor's Carols in the City

    Post by LASERAsmiles on Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:36 pm

    Stan's performance with Paulini Big Smile


    link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgoiNb0H0uY

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    Re: IGA Lord Mayor's Carols in the City

    Post by QueenTiger on Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:19 pm

    thanks Lasera for the post, I love the duet with paulini....
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