The for­mer Aus­tralia Idol win­ner is back on the road tour­ing na­tion­ally and tomorrow it’s the Gold Coast’s turn to see the man in ac­tion

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD PLAY - SUZANNE SIMONOT

Coolan­gatta Kiwi Stan Walker isn’t the kind to blow his own trum­pet. How­ever, when it comes to his one-night stand with his band in Jupiters The­atre tomorrow, Walker is happy to sing his (and their) praises.

“I think this is my best tour I’ve done so far,” he says. “It’s go­ing to be so good. I’ve never played there (Jupiters The­atre) … I’m really ex­cited.”

“It’s al­ways good to get back in the sad­dle when it comes to tour­ing.”

Now based in Sydney, the for­mer Coolan­gatta menswear sales­man has had great suc­cess as an ac­tor, singer and TV pre­sen­ter here and in New Zealand since his Aus­tralian Idol win in 2009.

And while Walker, 25, ad­mits he’s fallen in love with making movies af­ter star­ring in three fea­ture films ( Mt Zion, Born To Dance and the up­com­ing Nerds in Love), noth­ing com­pares to the hit he gets from per­form­ing in front of a live au­di­ence.

“It’s been a while since I’ve toured Aus­tralia,” he says. “I’m glad to be do­ing it again.

“I have days off in be­tween (shows) and I don’t like it – I just want to do a show.”

A mes­meris­ing vo­cal­ist, he is also a multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist, ar­ranger and song­writer.

“I’m very par­tic­u­lar when it comes to my ar­range­ments,” Walker says.

“When they come to my show, peo­ple get a sur­prise.

“I’m al­ways putting new things in and adding new sounds to make it more Stan.”

The New Zealand Mu­sic and Deadly award win­ner prom­ises a mix of “all my old school stuff and new stuff” at tomorrow’s show, part of his Truth & Soul Aus­tralian tour to pro­mote his fifth al­bum.

“I’m play­ing with my fourpiece band ... they’ve been my band for five years ... and two back­ing singers and four dancers,” he says.

Stan Walker, Scott New­man and hip hop dancers The O’Neill Twins play Jupiters The­atre tomorrow at 8pm. Tick­ets are $56.


Stan Walker and his band will per­form at Jupiters The­atre tomorrow.

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