Craig voices con­fi­dence

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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

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