Barry to bring an X-Factor to CQ ahead of single release

PEACE: X-Factor finalist Barry Southgate is coming to Central Queensland.
PEACE: X-Factor finalist Barry Southgate is coming to Central Queensland. Contributed

X-FACTOR was a simple progression for gifted singer Barry Southgate.

The smooth singer/actor/ex-model has worked with the likes of Stan Walker, Jessica Mauboy and many others, performing back-up vocals and/or song-writing.

"For me it was a transition to step into the front after doing a few years backing vocals and what not," he said.

Prior to his X-Factor days, Barry has another tale to tell.

Born in South Africa, Barry moved with his parents to New Zealand when he was around 12 years old.

He then ventured to Australia seven years later, where he has remained for the past 10 years - aside from his endless travelling.

His African/English cultured dad and German/Indonesian mum give him a diversified cultural background of his own.

"My mum used to record albums in the church choir," Barry explained to his musical background.

As for his dad - he was a talented singer and musician in his own right.

"Music has always been a huge part of my life."

And while X-Factor was a huge individual career boost for the singer, Barry is no stranger to the screen.

"Previously I started as a model back in New Zealand - one of my girlfriends, at the time, talked me into it."

From here he appeared in such advertisements for KFC, Kit Kats and other large companies before heading into acting.

Many would be familiar with one of his screen roles - America's Power Rangers.

"I also did the Sapphires," he said in relation to his role as a US sailor.

"I want to keep doing acting stuff - 100%."

But one of the biggest eye-openers for the singer/performer occurred on X-Factor 2013.

Barry explained that modelling and acting was a rather cutthroat industry.

"You have to constantly be a certain size and way.

"It was all about perfection and desire and because of that I think I really became a perfectionist."

ALL GENRES: Barry Southgate performs Katy Perry’s California Girls.
ALL GENRES: Barry Southgate performs Katy Perry’s California Girls. Contributed

But his experiences on X-Factor changed all those stereotypes.

"It shook that out of me - I think I just didn't feel the need to be perfect and just be myself and enjoy the process.

"It's not the end of the world if you make a mistake."

One of his biggest hits came on the first day of boot camp.

He received news that would completely affect him for the rest of his life.

"I lost my second mum - I thought oh my gosh, how am I going to do this."

Barry had spoken with his "second mum" (Audrey Phillips) earlier when she was in a bad way.

"She said to me you have to make the most of it and just keep bringing passion to everything you do."

And so he did - persevere, work hard and remember those wise words of wisdom.

Having that type of relationship with other music artists always creates hype in the room, so you can definitely expect a great show.

Mentored by Dannii Minogue, who still occasionally texts and calls, Barry is now ready for his next stage in life.

He will be performing with Justice Crew in Rockhampton at the Hegvold Stadium on Saturday, January 11.

"I am so excited to join the Justice Crew boys on the tour, they are very good friends of mine and even young teenage dance sensation Liam Ferrari, who I met on the show, is a great friend.

"Having that type of relationship with other music artists always creates hype in the room, so you can definitely expect a great show."

Next year Barry's single is set to hit the public and in the meantime - he has a glorious Christmas CD out for all those carol fans.

"It's my favourite holiday season," he concluded.

MAIN EVENT

  • WHAT: Concert with Justice Crew
  • WHERE: Hegvold Stadium, Sir Raymond Huish Dr, Rockhampton
  • WHEN: Saturday January 11, doors open 7pm
  • TICKETS: go to ticketbooth.com.au or at CASPHONE Stockland Shopping Centre or Pimp My Party, Rockhampton.
Barry Southgate looks in Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors.
Barry Southgate looks in Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors.


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