Our Stan's a real Idol
COOLANGATTA’S Stan Walker is ready to take the music industry by storm, just a day after winning Australian Idol.
The 18-year-old soul singer was still in shock yesterday at being crowned the seventh winner of the competition, beating rock chick Hayley Warner at the grand final on Sunday.
But he said he couldn’t wait to get down to business.
“I’m ready to make music, and I’m ready to start my career and just give it everything I’ve got,” Stan said.
“This is my passion. I really want to do this.”
Walker’s single Black Box received its first radio play yesterday, while today he is hitting the studio to film the video clip.
His album, to be released on December 11, will comprise songs he performed on Australian Idol, such as Prince’s Purple Rain, and Jeff Buckley’s cover of Hallelujah. It will also include a duet with the original Australian Idol Guy Sebastian.
Stan says he’d also like to collaborate with former Idol contestants Jessica Mauboy and Ricki-Lee Coulter.
Stan said he never expected to win the competition, but now that he has he has no plans to go back to his life as a shop assistant at Robina.
Born in Melbourne and raised in New Zealand, Walker had a troubled life surrounded by drugs and violence, and credits Christianity with helping him sort himself out.
“I just want to thank God, man. Hey, I want to thank my family for coming and supporting me. My family they came from New Zealand,” Stan said upon winning.
So what if his music career doesn’t work out?
“Maybe I might be a plus-size supermodel or something,” he said with a laugh.
While music is his number one, Walker says he’s got other projects in mind further down the track, but doesn’t want to give too much away.
“I’m looking for other things in the future, not the near future but the future. We’ll see when we get to it.”
Runner-up Hayley, 17, from Sydney, said she knew Stan would win.
Judges Ian “Dicko” Dickson, Marcia Hines and Jay Dee Springbett praised both contestants, saying it didn’t matter who won because they would both have great careers.
Mr Springbett said to Walker after performing: “You’re Stan-bloody-tastic - you’re a star in the making.”