Isaiah Firebrace who won X-Factor in 2016 before representing Australia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be returning to Mulwala on January 4 to perform where it all began for him four years ago.
As a Moama local Isaiah was familiar with the area having visited many times before with his family and in 2013 he decided to compete in the Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent where he came first in the quest.
“I grew up singing with my family when I was really young,” Isaiah said.
“I would travel with my dad and brother and sing at churches, then I sang for the first time in front of my school when I was in year 8.
“None of my friends knew I could sing and they were so surprised so that’s when I started to feel like that’s what I was meant to be doing, then I came over to Mulwala and sang in the talent quest and won and it was amazing.”
From there he knew what he wanted to do in his career and where he needed to go to get there.
“I had my eye on X Factor and the journey just took off from there,” he said.
“It kinda chose me really.”
To be chosen to perform at one of the world’s biggest musical talent quests was a big honor and Isaiah said he could not believe he had been chosen to represent the nation.
“It’s been my dream to perform on the world stage and I couldn’t believe I got the opportunity to sing at Eurovision when I was 17,” Isaiah said.
“I met so many amazing people and learnt so much.
“I will actually be playing my Eurovision song ‘Don’t Come Easy’ live at Club Mulwala with my band and it’s a great song which will always remind me of my Eurovision journey.”
Especially growing up in a similar and relatively close town to Yarrawonga Mulwala, Isaiah said it is always great to get back to the country.
“I’m in Mulwala for a day, then head over to Moama for another show,” he said.
“I love this area, especially in summer.
“I grew up on the river and have spent a lot of time over this way so it feels so good to bring my show to ClubMulwala for everyone on holidays.”
The night will also host several local talents with Jake Willett, Delirious, Jessica Lorraine and Jedd opening the night before Isaiah makes his way to the stage.
Isaiah said he is also working on several new projects which are keeping him busy.
“I am so busy right now flying between shows and recording sessions, it’s super crazy and not a lot of sleep is happening right now but I love it,” Isaiah said.
“I am working on lots of new music in the studio with some amazing producers and song writers.
“I think I will have some new music out in January and more out early next year but I can’t wait for the new music to be released.
“New music is so exciting and leads to new adventures, so I have no idea what lies ahead.
“But in the meantime ClubMulwala is calling, we’re going to have a great time on January 4 and I hope to see everyone there.”
Tickets are still available at www.isaiahofficial.com so head over to purchase your tickets to witness the return of Isaiah to the place where his music career began and cheer on our local talent who could also have the same successes at ClubMulwala on Thursday, January 4.