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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - SALLY COATES Catch Harry at The Kitchens, Robina Town Cen­tre, this Sun­day at 2pm.

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.

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