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Afew years ago, Liam Bur­rows launched a mis­sion to get ev­ery­one hooked on jazz.

That would seem a tall or­der con­sid­er­ing Bur­rows, of the Cen­tral Coast, was still a teenager and at an age where most young­sters would be lis­ten­ing to rap or hard rock.

“Peo­ple won­der why I sing jazz at my age, they think it’s old peo­ple’s mu­sic but it’s not at all,” he says. “It’s very free and has this whole charisma about it. It’s great peo­ple re­ally like jazz now but I want it to get big­ger.’’

The young crooner, who a was fi­nal­ist on Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent in 2011, ar­rives on the Gold Coast this week­end to head­line Col­gate Pal­mo­live Car­ols in the Park.

Held at Arun­del, the free Christ­mas event will be hosted by Eva Milic and Paul Burt and fea­ture a spe­cial ap­pear­ance from Santa him­self.

Now 20, Bur­rows re­cently won two awards for vo­cal per­for­mance in a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Last month he was awarded sec­ond place in the vo­cal per­for­mance cat­e­gory of the USbased Un­signed Only Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion for his ren­di­tion of Sky­lark and was se­lected from almost 8000 world­wide en­tries from 100 coun­tries.

Judged by high-pro­file artists and in­flu­en­tial jour­nal­ists, Un­signed Only is a com­pe­ti­tion for solo artists and bands who are un­signed to a ma­jor la­bel.

This was the third year in suc­ces­sion that Bur­rows has won awards in the contest.

Stun­ning the pub­lic with his ma­ture vo­cal style and stage pres­ence that is way beyond his years, Bur­rows is al­ready a re­spected, prodi­gious jazz per­former whose amaz­ing tal­ent has kept him in high de­mand.

With his Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent au­di­tion videos clock­ing up almost two mil­lion views, Bur­rows is a truly gifted young per­former. And he has re­cently re­leased You Shook Me.

Young Cen­tral Coast jazz singer Liam Bur­rows.

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