LIFE INSPIRES NEW MUSIC
Noosa ‘rebirths’ Australian Idol star and there’s a new album on the way
AFTER hiding away in Noosa writing his latest album, Australia’s Wes Carr is ready to “rebirth’’ his love of music through a storytelling journey.
Life itself has inspired the songwriting process for the 2008 Australian Idol winner for his upcoming album This Thing Called Life.
Carr has been singing since the age of eight, and he has worked with the likes of Cold Chisel and members of INXS, as well as being the frontman for Silverchair’s side project Tambalane.
“I’m very blessed and lucky to do what I love doing,” he said.
“I’ve always said with music it’s not what I do, it’s who I am. Music is all I think about when I get up in the morning. It’s everything I represent.”
Carr recently performed Wes Carr Live in Concert ,a one-night-only show and celebration of music at The J in Noosa on September 14, the same date as his birthday. “This show (was) a rebirthing of what I do.
“I’m going back to my roots, the Americana scene.”
Carr said the night and his new music were a chance to tell “a bunch of stories of where I came from, what I haven’t told about my time on Australian Idol, all the highs and the lows”.
“It’s a journey piece into the now and where I’m headed.”
Part of that journey has been a love for Noosa, a place Carr described as “magic”.
“We’ve been here for nearly four years. My son Jackson was born here and (son) Willow has pretty much grown up by the beach.
“Being in Noosa gave me a chance to step away and sit and write music.
“Having a baby, sometimes I would be up at 2am in the morning and I would just stay up and write.
“I’m blessed to be a dad, living in Noosa and writing and recording my material.”
His upcoming album will cover everything from politics, climate change and current affairs to love and people, with Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen as influences.
“This Thing Called Life, it’s about people, places and things,” Carr said.
“Everyone’s got a story to tell, some people lose their way, some people find their way.”
FAN FAVOURITE: Wes Carr talks about life in Noosa and how the Sunshine Coast shaped writing his latest album.
Wes Carr shares all on his upcoming album This Thing Called Life.