Coun­try crooner shows west­ern is way to top

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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