Stan tar­gets Syd­ney’s soul

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

STAN Walker has per­son­ally picked Mt Druitt for his only in­store ap­pear­ance as he pro­motes the re­lease of his lat­est al­bum

The five-time ARIA award­nom­i­nee, win­ner and New Zealand judge will per­form at West­field Mt Druitt’s cen­tre court on Satur­day at noon.

Walker said he chose Mt Druitt be­cause he knew a lot of peo­ple who lived in the area.

“I have a lot of friends who live out that way and I’ve done heaps of lit­tle shows and per­formed at a lot of fes­ti­vals and com­mu­nity events in the area,” Walker said.

“Mt Druitt and the whole area out there is great and I’d rather get out of the city to where the peo­ple are.

“When dis­cus­sions started about where to go, I said, ‘ we need to be get­ting out there (Mt Druitt)’.”

Walker’s lat­est al­bum was re­leased in May, and presents his rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of some of soul’s big­gest songs by the likes of Ray Charles and Otis Red­ding.

“It wasn’t un­til af­ter I had recorded the al­bum that it hit me that I’d bet­ter not mess it up,” he said.

He said he hoped the al­bum in­tro­duces a new gen­er­a­tion to the iconic hits and the leg­ends who made them fa­mous.

– Alison Bald­ing

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