Aussie an­swer to Ed Sheeran is on his way

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

AUS­TRALIA’S an­swer to Ed Sheeran just so hap­pens to be in Air­lie Beach.

This is what Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic founder Gavin But­lin wants the world to know, with 18-year-old emerg­ing star Sam McCann set to take to the stage for the fifth an­nual line-up of the fes­ti­val.

While still young, Sam didn’t hes­i­tate to take on the hec­tic life of be­ing a full-time mu­si­cian.

“It was the best de­ci­sion I’ve ever made,” he said. “It’s only up from here.” Satur­day marked an im­por­tant mile­stone in Sam’s ca­reer, with his As­tro­nauts sin­gle mu­sic video set to be of­fi­cially re­leased from his de­but al­bum Sam I Am.

While the com­par­isons with in­ter­na­tional su­per­star Ed Sheeran are al­ready com­ing thick and fast, Sam played down the hype.

“I’m not copy­ing him in any way and I don’t think I re­ally fit into any par­tic­u­lar genre – I like to make my songs’ com­po­si­tion rep­re­sent the lyrics,” he said.

He is ex­pected to make an ap­pear­ance across sev­eral of the 18 venues host­ing the Air­lie Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic, along­side head­lin­ers Leo

I wouldn’t be where I am with­out the peo­ple I have be­hind me and events like the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic.

Sayer, Sex Pis­tols found­ing mem­ber Glen Mat­lock, The Chan­toozies, Sneaky Sound Sys­tem, The Baby An­i­mals, Shan­non Noll and Mon­sters of Rock.

Sam said the fes­ti­val was a unique op­por­tu­nity for young up-and-com­ers like him to shine.

“I wouldn’t be where I am with­out the peo­ple I have be­hind me and events like the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic,” he said.

Sam McCann will be run­ning a song-writ­ing work­shop for youth as part of the fes­ti­val’s free events at the FishJam stage on Sun­day, Novem­ber 12, at noon.

The FishJam stage line-up, which Sam has pre­vi­ously fea­tured in, will also in­clude Mackay’s Got Tal­ent winner Felix Had­dock-Quadrio, Mackay Eisteddfod winner Ge­or­gia Madsen and Melissa Saun­ders’ cur­rent band Lit­tle Cents.

His par­ents Jared and Melissa McCann have al­ways spon­sored the fes­ti­val in some ca­pac­ity through their busi­ness Doc­tor 2 You, and will this year spon­sor the FishJam stage.

To lis­ten to Sam fol­low him on Face­book at @samu­si­cian.

For more in­for­ma­tion on venue sched­ules or to buy passes for the fes­ti­val, phone 0408 062 816.

The Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic will run from Novem­ber 10–12.

PHOTO: ANDREW PATTINSON / VAMPP PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

NEW TAL­ENT: Sam McCann has al­ready been likened to Ed Sheeran.

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