Noosa ‘re­births’ Aus­tralian Idol star and there’s a new al­bum on the way

Noosa Life and Style - - PEOPLE - CAITLIN ZER­AFA

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.

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