TURN­ING OVER A NEW LEAF

SINGER-SONG­WRITER AND MULTI-IN­STRU­MEN­TAL­IST WES CARR IS REKIN­DLING HIS LOVE FOR MAK­ING MU­SIC WITH THE RE­LEASE OF HIS NEW AL­BUM

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He has ex­pe­ri­enced the highs of re­al­ity tele­vi­sion suc­cess, per­formed along­side Cold Chisel and mem­bers of INXS and is a platinum and gold sell­ing artist.

Aus­tralian singer-song­writer and mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ist, Wes Carr, was cat­a­pulted into the spot­light af­ter he was crowned the win­ner of Net­work Ten’s Aus­tralian Idol in 2008.

From there he went on to sign a record deal with Sony, where he launched his de­but and Aria Chart-top­ping sin­gle You.

This started a suc­cess­ful ca­reer path for Wes, work­ing with and writ­ing for a huge range of mu­si­cians, record­ing sev­eral al­bums over the years and re­ceiv­ing the cov­eted Golden Gui­tar award.

Now, af­ter sev­eral years of hi­ber­nat­ing and rein­vent­ing him­self on the Sun­shine Coast, he is ready to make a comeback.

Wes is set to launch his lat­est al­bum next week­end in an in­ti­mate per­for­mance at The J Noosa.

The al­bum fea­tures a col­lec­tion of songs he has com­posed and writ­ten while draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from his new life on the Coast.

“For a long time I was liv­ing a bo­hemian mu­si­cian life­style and then I had the celebrity life­style af­ter Aus­tralian Idol and I was search­ing for some­thing more,” he said.

“So for the past few years I have been

try­ing to work my­self out a bit more and get­ting to know my­self more.

“This al­bum is re­ally a re­flec­tion of that.” Wes and his wife, Char­lotte Gregg, moved to the Coast from Syd­ney four years ago.

“Wil­low, my first­born, was two turn­ing three and we wanted to get out of that rat race,” he said.

“Time was get­ting away from us and he (Wil­low) was grow­ing up so quickly that we wanted to go some­where a lit­tle more slow paced.

“So we moved to Noosa and Wil­low has just loved grow­ing up on the beach.”

Wes and Char­lotte wel­comed their sec­ond son Jack­son last year.

He said his sons had been part of the in­spi­ra­tion for the songs on his new al­bum.

“Liv­ing on the Coast and trav­el­ling around In­dia I started writ­ing a bunch of songs and they are songs that have caught the at­ten­tion of peo­ple around the world,” he said.

“It’s to­tally dif­fer­ent to what I have done be­fore and it’s back to my more au­then­tic self.

“With a six-year-old and a one-year-old I’m al­ways thinking of how they will per­ceive me when I am play­ing mu­sic now.”

Mu­sic has been apart of Wes’s life since he was eight years old and be­fore win­ning Idol, he had been work­ing hard to make his big break.

“I was 25 years old and I had been in mu­sic in­dus­try for 10 years, play­ing gigs, kick­ing around pubs play­ing orig­i­nal stuff and I was in a band called Tam­bal­ane,” he said.

“Go­ing on Aus­tralian Idol was my first ex­pe­ri­ence re­ally be­ing in front of the public eye.”

Wes said it had been a real risk to au­di­tion for Aus­tralian Idol back then and it was some­thing that he had never re­gret­ted.

It was a very dif­fer­ent thing for me and at the time it was re­ally risky,” he said.

“For me it was about per­sonal growth more than any­thing and putting all the doubt and fear to one side.

“I got to see the world and did a lot for things that most peo­ple don’t get to ex­pe­ri­ence on that level. So on one part it was quite a bizarre ex­pe­ri­ence and the other part was a re­ally fun and en­joy­able thing.”

Wes said back then he saw Aus­tralian Idol as the best chance to project his mu­sic ca­reer, but now he said there were so many other av­enues mu­si­cians could take.

“You have to find yourself very quickly in or­der to sur­vive some­thing like that,’ he said.

“You are thrust in to a fish bowl and it fast tracks a lot of things.

“Now you can broad­cast yourself on so­cial me­dia through Face­book and In­sta­gram and re­ally use those plat­forms to get your mu­sic out there.”

Wes said he was re­ally look­ing for­ward to the next chap­ter in his ca­reer and the up­com­ing con­cert in Noosa would be the perfect way to start it.

“The gig is about cel­e­brat­ing a new al­bum and is sort of like ‘here we go again’,” he said.

“It will be a one-man show with me sing­ing and telling sto­ries about my time on Aus­tralian Idol and time be­fore that and about my trav­els.

“It will be the first and last show I will play on the Sun­shine Coast for a while as I will be tour­ing through Amer­ica early next year.”

Wes’s new al­bum ti­tled A Thing Called Life cov­ers ev­ery­thing from pol­i­tics, cli­mate change and cur­rent af­fairs to love and peo­ple, with Bob Dylan and Bruce Spring­steen as in­flu­ences.

The night will also be an Aus­tralia-first for mu­sic stream­ing plat­form Exit Live.

“It will be quite in­ter­ac­tive with the au­di­ence,” he said.

“There will be cam­eras and film­ing and they will be record­ing the show live.

“This is the first time it is be­ing done in Aus­tralia.”

Wes will be per­form­ing at The J Noosa on Sep­tem­ber 14. To grab tick­ets head to wescarr.com.au or visit The J Noosa.

PAS­SION PROJECT: Wes Carr will de­but his new al­bum A Thing Called Life at an in­ti­mate per­for­mance at The J Noosa.

Pic­tures: Zac Walker

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