HEART STORY: Toowoomba saxophonist Connor Sharpe dedicated his performance on the ABC's The Recording Studio to Jason Brookes, the man who saved his life.
HEART STORY: Toowoomba saxophonist Connor Sharpe dedicated his performance on the ABC's The Recording Studio to Jason Brookes, the man who saved his life.

Toowoomba man plays national tribute to life-saving mate

WHEN Toowoomba jazz musician Connor Sharpe was invited to perform for an episode of The Recording Studio on the ABC, he used the session to pay tribute the man who saved his life.

Four years ago, Mr Sharpe went into cardiac arrest during footy training at the Brothers Rugby League Club.

The then-15-year-old would have died on the field if his coach, and mate, Jason Brookes had not leapt into action, performing CPR until paramedics arrived.

Mr Sharpe was asked to nominate a song for the program so he called Mr Brookes' wife on the sly asking for suggestions.

"She said his favourite band was INXS and I really like their song Never Tear Us Apart," he said. "It turns out it works really well on saxophone."

Mr Sharpe recorded the song, backed with 60-piece orchestra, at the ABC's Sydney studio, with vocals from Katie Noonan.

"It talks about mateship, and that regardless of what happens, there is always a bond between two people," Mr Sharpe said.

The ABC filmed the episode over a number of days, visiting Mr Sharpe's school and the footy field where he fell unconscious all those years ago.

"The show is about my heart story and people who were involved," he said

The Recording Studio airs at 8pm on Tuesday, May 21, on the ABC.



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