Country crooner shows western is way to top
JULATTEN senior Sam Leonardi won the Mossman heat of the Seniors Got Talent competition with his classic country and western sound.
Competition was tight against accordion player Alfie Branchina, but out of the two contestants, judges James Watson and Oriel Wild awarded first place to Sam.
“I feel really, really flattered to win,” Sam told the Gazette.
“I am a country western singer, but do not mistake me for a country rock, I sang a good old fashioned hillbilly song by Buddy Williams called Where the White Face Cattle Roam,” he said.
Sam’s talented guitar skills combined with his winning vocals will see him head to the Cairns Esplanade on Friday, August 26, to compete in the grand finals.
“I am going to Cairns, but I am in it for fun,” Sam said.
“I have been to a lot of talent quests, especially a big country western one in Mareeba recently, but they all play country rock, I am the only one who sings country western.”