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Wes Carr's Idolic lifestyle

Wes Carr won Australian Idol 2008.
Wes Carr won Australian Idol 2008. www.australianidol.com.au

WES Carr's days of pouring beers at his local pub have become a thing of the past now that he has been crowned this year's Australian Idol.

On the day we spoke, Wes had risen in Sydney at 4am and landed in Brisbane by 7am.

By the time his call was pitched through to my Sunshine Coast desk at 11.30am, he admitted it felt like he should be wrapping up for the day.

Yet he was still facing an afternoon of back-to-back interviews.

And despite this, the 26 year old remained true to his laid-back and down-to-earth nature.

Wes Carr is a true superstar. He speaks with passion for his music and life. He has spent 15 years fighting his way to the top and is thankful for his break.

He has also produced an array of creative and inspiring work.

And now he has a top-selling single with his Australian Idol debut song, You.

“I had a 30-minute window yesterday where I could have gone and lay down or gone to the gym,” Wes said of his new whirlwind life.

“I built up my courage and went back to the gym.

“I was standing out the front and a little girl came up to me and said she'd just bought my single and asked for an autograph.

“I thought, 'Wow, at least one person has bought it'.

“It was a reality check for me that people actually do have the energy still to buy the hard copy of a song.”

Early next year, Wes will be in the studio to record his first album under his new record label, Sony Music.

The album will be followed up by Wes's first solo tour.

He is no stranger to the touring stage, having worked alongside Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies in the band Tambalane.

While this outfit never cracked the mainstream music industry, Wes is doing more than fine on his own.

His upbeat tune, You, debuted at number three on the ARIA charts and last week hit number two.

And fans can rest easy with a promise from the grassroots musician that he will endeavour to include the Sunshine Coast on his anticipated tour.

Until then, you can catch a glimpse of your favourite idol on Channel Ten's ultimate New Year's Eve party.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte will headline the event, which will be broadcast live from Sydney Harbour.

Multi-ARIA award-winning group The Presets will also entertain viewers.

And, of course, Wes will be bringing his unique style to the stage, but don't hold your breath for a revival of Wes's now famed Australian Idol Michael Jackson performance. “Jacko is a party trick for me,” he laughed.

For now, Wes is concentrating on the task at hand and that's continuing to play and write his music.



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