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JACK VIDGEN, winner of last year’s Australia’s Got Talent, shares his journey of music and faith. He wants to encourage young people and give them hope… Lynn Goldsmith

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had the privilege of interviewing a 15 year old boy who recently won Australia’s Got Talent. Why do I refer to this interview as a privilege? Because Jack Vidgen is one extraordinary teenager. As soon as I met him I was impressed by his articulate speech and manners, his gentleness and humility. It was apparent that his recent huge success has not diminished his character in any form. In fact, he has a maturity beyond his years. Life has not always been easy for him but he has risen to great heights with the help of his God, and yes, he does love Him and serves Him through his music and his relationships. Auditioning the very first time for Australia’s Got Talent at age 12, he came away older and wiser and blew the judges’ socks off the next year, still only age 13. By the time the cameras rolled Jack was only 14, and when he belted out his showstopping rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing, the audience – and judges – were all mouths agape, and promptly rose to their feet. Brian McFadden even planted a kiss on Jack’s cheek, so moved he was by what he – and eventually a global audience – had just witnessed. One wonders: with many of his songs focusing on love, just how does this young soul know how to deliver such powerful ballads? “I think I’ve experienced love – because I know there are different kinds of love. I relate to my experiences in life, or just what I’m feeling when I sing those songs. I don’t sing a song without it meaning something to me, or adding my own interpretation to them.” Initially working with opera singer turned vocal coach Margi Coen, Jack says, “She taught me how to develop the power in my voice, and the technique” – Jack enlisted renowned vocal coach Erana Clark, pre-AGT. “That really helped me, because the soul/R ‘n’ B style is what I love now; Erana has helped me develop those techniques.” One would expect a possibly impressionable young man to be swept up by the hype and media attention. But not Jack. Indeed, for him, the initial whirlwind in 2011 made him feel “very much a part

of the industry – I felt very professional. Like, okay cool, I am doing this; this is my career now and this is what happens now. “The process of the show was so exciting, yes. But once I actually got to the studio and all the media went away for a bit, and I was doing what I love - which was singing - it was just about my voice and the recording studio. That was the time I loved the most. When I’m singing a song I forget about everything, and I just focus on the lyrics and what I’m singing about. And that’s the time when I can just zone out – the song is all that matters.” Jack wants to be a role model to other young people. “Most of my fans are young and I want to bring hope to them,” he says. “Through music I find my relationship with God and that’s with a lot of other people as well. It’s just a lovely way of connecting.” It was through a gig that Jack was involved in that he met Christ. He was encouraged by his vocal coach and the pastor of the church where he performed was also a musician. He asked Jack to sing a few songs for Christmas Day and that’s how it all started for Jack on his spiritual journey. Two years ago Jack started going to church and he was baptised last year at Easter time. “Growing up God wasn’t in my life during my childhood. I grew up like other kids, but not in a Christian home. My family are not Christians, except for my mother.” I asked Jack how his life has changed since his career has taken off. “It’s changed heaps,” he explains enthusiastically. “I get to do a tour now. I wouldn’t have dreamt doing this a couple of years ago. It’s amazing. I am looking forward to getting on the road and doing live performances and getting to meet and see my fans. I didn’t have the facilities to do any recording before now I can now do this at Sony studios, it’s amazing.” Jack previously went to a public high school but is now doing home schooling as he is extremely busy with his tours. How does Jack find as an artist, travelling a lot and keeping his faith – which would not always be easy for a teenager. “I think it is really important

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