CHANGE OF HART
Gold Coast singing sensation Harry Hart on his dreams and journey from Baa Baa Black Sheep busker to recording his debut album
Harry Hart may only be 15 but he’s got the passion for a lifelong career making music. “Music is my forever job – I don’t believe in back-up plans,” he says.
The talented singer and guitarist has been making his way around the Gold Coast, sending audiences into a state of trance with his angelic vocals and dynamic presence, and it’s been that way since he was a tyke.
“When I was in prep we were in Melbourne on holidays and went shopping at the Queen Victoria Markets,” Harry says.
“All I wanted to buy was a pair of shoes and a guitar.
“We were standing at the tram stop and a man asked me to sing a song.
“I sang Baa Baa Black Sheep and he gave me 50 cents – not that I could play or anything, but that was my introduction to busking.”
Now, at 15, Harry has recorded his first album, Acoustic Affections, is in the process of filming his first video clip and recently opened the main Night-Quarter stage for Casey Barnes.
“My solo music career started 18 months ago when I started busking in the Southport CBD on a nearly 40-year-old guitar that used to belong to my Nanna,” he says.
“The council was offering free busking licences, so I figured I had nothing to lose by having a go.
“I only had three songs so I had to make sure I was positioned in a spot where people didn’t stop, as I was on repeat the whole time.
“I was so nervous, but the thrill of someone showing their appreciation is still as great now as it was then.”
So many famous musicians start out busking, it’s a notoriously tough slog to stardom, but while he might be young, Harry’s certainly not naive.
“It will be tough, but it’s not really daunting,” he says.
If all goes to plan, Harry will play on the biggest stages in the world, and he’s not afraid to work his way there.
“My big, life goals are to play at Madison Square Garden and Wembly Stadium,” he says.
“But in the meantime I want to build a following of people who enjoy my music here on the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast guitarist and singer Harry Hart.