Sound of the Coast
Talented Kuluin singer, 17, reaches for the stars
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.
TOP PERFORMER: Kuluin singer Mason Hope, 17, has taken out the Songs of the Sunshine Coast competition for the naming of the Sunshine Coast.
STAR IN THE MAKING: Mason Hope, 17, doing what he does best.