Sound of the Coast

Tal­ented Ku­luin singer, 17, reaches for the stars

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

AT JUST 17 years old, Ma­son Hope has al­ready turned his pas­sion for mu­sic into the prospects of a flour­ish­ing ca­reer.

Now the Ku­luin stu­dent has added an­other feather to his cap, tak­ing out the un­der-18 leg of the Songs of the Sun­shine Coast com­pe­ti­tion in cel­e­bra­tion of the 50th an­niver­sary of the nam­ing of the Sun­shine Coast.

Hav­ing lived on the Coast for the ma­jor­ity of his life, Mr Hope said writ­ing the song was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I loved writ­ing a song about the Sun­shine Coast. The lyrics just came as I live in par­adise,” he said

“I wrote it as a bit of an an­them to the Sun­shine Coast.

“It is a real hon­our to sing my song at the 50th birth­day of the nam­ing of the Coast, with (an) or­ches­tra and choir – just amaz­ing.”

Mr Hope’s mu­sic ca­reer be­gan at age six when he be­gan play­ing the drums and it grew from there.

“I have passed my drum grade ex­ams and I am (now) a qual­i­fied drum­mer,” he said.

“Af­ter that gui­tar at about age 10 and about age 12 singing then song writ­ing.”

Mr Hope now reg­u­larly prac­tises the tricks of the trade, per­form­ing at the One Up bar in Mooloolaba.

He has also recorded mul­ti­ple al­bums, all the while jug­gling high school.

“Jug­gling school along with TAFE cer­tifi­cate four in mu­sic the­ory and fes­ti­vals and gigs was hec­tic,” he said.

“But when you are given an op­por­tu­nity you have to grab it and work hard.”

His song will be per­formed on Au­gust 6 at the Sun­shine Coast Sta­dium, in a show di­rected by Kim Kirk­man.

He will also be shar­ing his mu­sic at the Hori­zon Fes­ti­val later this year.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

TOP PER­FORMER: Ku­luin singer Ma­son Hope, 17, has taken out the Songs of the Sun­shine Coast com­pe­ti­tion for the nam­ing of the Sun­shine Coast.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

STAR IN THE MAK­ING: Ma­son Hope, 17, do­ing what he does best.

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