BIG ABILITY: Nathan Johnston can’t wait to get back on stage after the Night of Abilities.
BIG ABILITY: Nathan Johnston can’t wait to get back on stage after the Night of Abilities. Liana Turner

High hopes after Night of Abilities

EVERYDAY conversations can be a struggle for Banora Point man Nathan Johnston, but everything changes when he takes to the stage.

His mum, Elaine, hopes a recent streak of success will secure her son’s future in the music industry.

The 24-year-old singer has Down Syndrome, but has not dimmed his bright future.

His musical group, US The Band – run by non-profit group Lifebridge – received a welcome boost after a fundraiser in November.

The Night of Abilities, which featured his band and other local talents, convinced a sold-out audience that living with a disability is no hurdle to musical expression.

The event raised $3674.20, which went to Lifeline to help the band get a new PA system and new uniforms.

Nathan was thrilled the night was such a success.

“I hope we can do it again,” he said.

Ms Johnston said Nathan had been busy on stage since then and was hopeful singing would become a career for him.

He performed at the Livin at the Lake mental health fundraiser in Cabarita in January, has worked with the My Kitchen Rocks program at Currumbin Community Special School and has performed with rock band Fat Albert.

“Nathan would like to do this as a job,” she said.

“It’s really hard to find a work placement for him and this is something that he really does excel at.”



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