The Sunset Bar overlooking Main Beach was one of the most popular venues throughout this years Noosa Jazz Festival and whilst the magnificent location was a definite drawcard, the talented sounds of up and coming artists singing in the inaugural Star Search competition was also a crowd drawer.
With over 50 contestants applying and being whittled down to just 24 applicants, the winner of the competition was an 18 year old singer/guitarist Michael Morgan from Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast who wowed the judges and crowds with his rendition of ‘Walking on Memphis’, with the judges saying, it couldn’t have gone to a more well deserving contestant. Michael also played two other songs ‘Don’t ever let nobody drag your spirit down’ by Eric Bibb and an original song called ‘A woman is what I need’.
Michael’s passion for playing and performing music began around the time he was diagnosed with a very rare medical condition. He was diagnosed with this medical condition at the age of 14 and it left him so debilitated that he could not attend regular school anymore. His Dad had always been a musician and he had guitars around the house. Michael’s mum suggested he might like to use them and over time he taught himself how to play the guitar and soon music became his life. It would get him through his very worst days.
Contestants performances were judged by a stellar line up including Andrew Lawson, former X-Factor finalist, musicians Lee “T-Bone” Turner and Sharon Brooks. Michael’s competition included a fantastic line-up of finalists including Julia Quinn, Sophie Price and Lou Parker.
“We really wanted to include something for aspiring musicians in this years Festival to not only give them valuable exposure but potentially the exposure to kick off their musical careers. The festival attracts hundreds of seriously talented musicians and industry, so you never know who could be watching. We were really impressed with the calibre of contestants and look forward to including the competition in next years event” enthused Event Organiser, Garth Prowd.