Craig voices confidence
HE’S barely been famous for three months but this year’s The Voice winner has already figured out how to stay current and in the forefront of the spotlight – without leaving his humble heart behind.
Harrison Craig, 19, won the reality TV show in June after catching Australia’s attention with his powerful vocals and prominent stutter, which miraculously disappears when he sings.
The young crooner, who recently travelled to the US and New Zealand for further training and shows, says fame won’t change him.
In fact, Craig is already turned-off by the idea of snobby stardom.
‘‘The other night I met some people that were very successful in what they did, but they were total jerks about it,’’ he says.
‘‘I thought: ‘Why would you become like that?’ When you work from the ground up to achieve what you want, it makes you more humble. I have worked so hard to get where I am and I wouldn’t dream of becoming cocky.’’
While Craig is grateful for the opportunities The Voice gave him, the singer says the small screen is only a stepping stone – and one you have to tread lightly.
‘‘It’s really up to you and your team to keep you on the forefront of an incredible career,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s important to do all this touring, writing and recording. It’s part of the territory.
‘‘I want to go global and tour the world. It’s a huge goal for me to smash but it’s part of my drive.’’
Craig says composure was one of the biggest things he took from the reality TV show.
While it’s something he has to constantly work on, he says his stutter is improving.
‘‘It really does take time because you are consciously trying to use tools to keep it under control,’’ he says.
Craig says he was happy with the way he was portrayed on The Voice but is excited to show fans his personal side.
‘‘The show can be like a filter. This tour gives me more of a chance to show who I am – more of what I am like,’’ he says.
‘‘This tour is kind of more me and the fans. It’s a nice time for them to get to know me personally. I’ll tell jokes, we can talk, laugh and cry.’’
Craig’s More Than A Dream tour lands on the Gold Coast this weekend.
Accompanied by a full band, Craig will perform the songs which celebrate his journey, including Can’t Help Falling in Love, Unchained Melody, It Had Better Be Tonight and his own original single, More Than a Dream.
‘‘I wrote that song over a 10-hour period – I was on a roll,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s not a story of my experience but there is a whole lot of my life in there. It’s a great chance to price that part of my career as my next album will be coming out next year and I can’t wait to show people who Harrison Craig really is.’’
– ROSE SADLEIR
Harrison Craig plays Jupiters Theatre on Saturday night.
Young crooner Harrison Craig