FESTIVE: Rhys Tolhurst will perform at the Gladstone Mayor’s Christmas carols on Friday.
FESTIVE: Rhys Tolhurst will perform at the Gladstone Mayor’s Christmas carols on Friday. Contributed

Rhys brings his talent to Gladstone carols

FROM the Australia's Got Talent Stage to the Mayoral Carols by Candlelight in Gladstone, Rhys Tolhurst knows how to entertain.

Pulse caught up with the multi-talented 20-year-old, to see what it's like to break out of television and get ready to perform Christmas classics in front of a large, enthusiastic Gladstone audience.

How you feeling about the gig?

I'm really excited. This will be my first Christmas gig for the year. And who doesn't like Christmas!

It's a good time to hang out with our families, and I am looking forward to the fact the whole town comes to it.

I'm excited we're doing the classics. I can let it out of the bag!

They'll be Let it Snow, with actual snow on the stage, and I'm pretty sure I am doing White Christmas with a choir, which should be awesome.

The funds go to the Salvation Army, which I think is cool and helps to bring the whole town out.

How did you get into music?

When I was five I knew I wanted to perform in front of people. I was playing basketball until I was 15 and representing Cairns and I wanted to play in the NBL.

I always wanted to be in front of people. I discovered music at 15 and never really looked back.

I studied music at the conservatorium in Brisbane and was on Australia's Got Talent at the same time.

How is the music career going?

Great. My EP is nearly being released and I am working with a producer in Melbourne.

I am hoping to get it out to everyone next year. That's my next exciting move and hopefully we can get on tour with the songs.

What would be the ultimate music career?

I would love to record and tour internationally. I want to make people feel happy.

I know it sounds cliché, but I really like to perform. I find music a cool way to express yourself.

If you are heartbroken you can sit there for two hours and write a song and it's all better. Music lets it all out and other people can relate.

What are you up to after Christmas?

I'm based in Cairns for the moment. The success of the EP will determine the next place to stop and live.

I would love to move to Melbourne or Sydney because that's where the music is at.

The producer and I have been discussing a few options.

I'm pretty keen to take it as it comes and see what happens over the next two or three months.

What do you do in your spare time?

I work for a radio station in Cairns in the mornings, but my main job is singing on weekends and corporate events.

I love writing. I also do an entertainment section on Channel 7 in Cairns which is really fun.

I have a few media jobs as well as developing my music. I like fishing and sailing and stuff of the water.

Check out the Carols at the Gladstone Marina Main Stage Friday from 5.30pm.



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