Hailed as having one of the finest tenor voices in the world, Australia’s 22 year old star Mark Vincent brings his new show, Love Will Lead the Way, to the Manning Entertainment Centre. Supported by the Serenade Orchestra and vocalist Jennifer Gray, this production is not one to be missed!
Hi Mark. It’s been an incredible journey for you since you won Australia’s Got Talent in 2009. What do you feel have been some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned throughout your entertainment experience so far?
I think the biggest lesson I’ve learnt is never to take great opportunities for granted. Seize every moment and make it count.
Among many other awards, you were recently named Best Male Artist and Best Male Performer at the 2016 ACE Awards. How did you feel when you received these awards … and how does receiving this kind of acknowledgement help to inspire you?
I was overwhelmed about this. To think I started on Australia’s Got Talent in 2009, and I’ve released seven albums, all of which were number one in the classical charts, is so exciting for me. Winning the ACE Awards was the cherry on the cake for me.
It inspires me to worker harder and better myself as a performer. There’s always room for impro
Whom do you look up to?
I would have to say I look up to Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti. They have both had amazing careers and when they sing, you know it’s them. That’s what I call true artists.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest musical influence would be Anthony Warlow. He is such an amazing performer and has a voice that soars through the room. I’ve admired his work since I was 11.
How old were you when you decided that you wanted music to be your career?
I’ve been singing since I was a baby, but I knew I had a voice when I was nine years of age. I first started singing in my grandfather’s restaurant when I was nine. I knew from then I wanted singing as a career.
What would you tell someone wanting to start a career in the music industry?
I would say to work very hard, know where you want to head to, be an individual and always stay humble, no matter how successful you are.
Where do you want to be in five years?
I want to be overseas touring the world, sharing my voice with everybody. I want to be the next Andrea Bocelli and follow in his footsteps.
Where do you want to be in 20 years?
In 20 years, I’ll be 42. I think this will be the peak of my career, and hopefully I’ll be well established. I want keep touring and pass on to my family what I’ve achieved in my life.
How do you prepare for a big show?
I make sure I don’t eat too much before sing, I warm my voice up, I make sure I’m staying focused at all times and have fun at the same time. Preparation is everything.
Do you ever get nervous?
I always get nervous before I go on stage, but once I’m on, I’m OK. It’s just getting to the stage which is the hardest thing for me to do.
What’s your favourite song to perform and why?
My favourite song would have to be Nessun Dorma. This song kick started my career when I was 15 on Australia’s Got Talent. If it wasn’t for that auditioning song, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
How do you connect with your audience on stage?
I always want to treat my audience like my friends. Keeping the audience involved at all times is very important. It makes them feel like they are part of the show. I want people to walk away from my show saying they had fun and enjoyed every minute of it. That’s what’s most important to me.
Why do you love your fans?
If it wasn’t for my fans, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I don’t care how big a star you are, you always need support from people – especially your fans.
How important do you think classical music is in this day and age?
I think classical music is very important in every manner; it’s true music, and getting my generation to appreciate it more is my goal through my career.
Classical music has been around for many years, and I know it will be in the next 100 years or so.
You’ve had some experience with musical theatre now, having toured with Dirty Dancing (the musical) in 2014 – 2015. What do you most like about this type of performance? What plans do you have for future musical theatre participation?
Yes, I toured Dirty Dancing for at least 11 months, and what an experience it was. This was so exciting for me, being in another world such as musical theatre.
Being in a theatre production, it’s about working with the group and all being on the same level. Being a solo performer, this took time for me to grasp and get used to.
I’ll be staring in My Fair Lady, which opens in Sydney on the 6th September. I’m so excited about this, as Dame Julie Andrews will be directing the show.
You’ve also worked on an album with Marina Prior recently. Describe this experience for us …
Marina is just wonderful to work with – such a talented performer, who is respected in her own right. This album is special and is doing very well.
You’re heading to the Mid North Coast of NSW for performances in several venues, including shows at Coffs Harbour, Taree and Port Macquarie. How familiar are you with the area … and how much are you looking forward to visiting?
I am thrilled that I’ll be visiting these amazing places. I’ve never been before, so I can’t wait to meet my fans and see them up close and personal.
See Mark at the MEC on July 24 at 2pm.
Tickets: adult $69
Conc. $64, U18 $59.