with JACK VIDGEN Australia’s Got Talent was this kid’s fate, writes Cameron Adams
Q. and You your won debut Australia’s album was Got released Talent on on August August 2 19. That’s quick. A. We recorded it in three days. People told me it takes months to record an album. It took three days, but long hours. I was happy we didn’t have to push the release date back. We could put it out there quickly. Q. Did you sign a record deal before the AGT grand final? A. I was told they [ Sony] would love to sign me, but I didn’t speak to them until the day after I won. They have the option to sign anyone in the show before anyone else. The grand final was on a Tuesday, I started the album on a Friday. Q. Were all the covers your choices? A. They’re songs I’ve sung my whole life, sung in talent quests, songs I’ve grown up with. Except Celine Dion’s Because You Loved Me. I’d never done that. I did have the lyrics in front of me when I was singing that one. They are the diva songs I do love to sing. Q. Most of the covers were hits by females. A. That’s what my range is. There aren’t many male artists who have a high range like I do. I still haven’t gained the lower notes. It’s what I love to sing. I put the song in my own perspective and don’t worry about the boy or girl thing.
Q. People are already worried about what will happen when your voice breaks. At 14, are you preparing for puberty?
A. My voice has gotten deeper and deeper already. When I started the [ AGT] competition with my audition until now, I’ve gained almost an octave of a lower note – that’s eight notes – and I’ve kept all my higher register. It’s already happening, but I don’t think it’ll be any major drop. I hope it’ll be a smooth transition.
Q. Was your cover of Who’s Loving You inspired by the Jackson 5 version? A. Definitely. I love soul music and gospel. I would love to make a Christmas album with heaps of gospel songs. I’ve done Aretha Franklin’s Think. I love Aretha so much. Q. When you sing Mariah Carey’s Hero, who are you thinking of? A. I think of my mum. I think about God in a lot of my songs because I am a Christian. There is a hero in everyone, as cheesy as that is. Q. One of the two original tracks you co-wrote, Fly, is urban and modern. A. I didn’t want to go down the bubblegum pop route. I wanted to have a bit of urban style in there and there’s a little bit of rap. Almost rap. Q. Would you have applied for The X Factor if you didn’t do AGT? A. Possibly. Q. What are your plans for the $ 250,000 prizemoney from Australia’s Got Talent? A. I’ve put a fair bit away. But I want to have a bit of a splurge, get some good clothes. I want to give some to some of my family members. I’m going to get Mum a car. But the money wasn’t that important to me. It’s an incredible thing – to have the title of winning Australia’s Got Talent is something you can’t buy.