James Johnston.
James Johnston. Contributed

Idol of many in Yamba

JAMES Johnston became a household name and the object of every 14-year-old girl’s affections last year as he made it to the final three of Australian Idol.

Now, he is working on keeping his name out there and getting his own sound on the airwaves.

While Idol has done wonders for his career, James says that it wasn’t the beginning of his fascination with music.

“I was kind of a muso before I went on the show and was gigging at a whole heap of restaurants just around the Central Coast. I guess more than anything it has opened up a heap of doors for me as a musician and has given me the opportunity to get my music out a lot further than I used to,” he said.

“Before, I could only really play around the local area, giving me the drive to push that little bit harder and try new things. I have put a band together. What we have made and what we have got out at the moment would not have been possible without the show.”

During the show, all of the contestants were mentored by a range of music professionals including Suzi Quatro, Harry Connick Jr and Liza Minnelli. James insists, however, that he did not really get star struck.

“I’ll admit though that when I met Michael Buble I got a little excited. I am actually a huge fan and used to watch his videos on You Tube every night before I would go on stage just because he is an amazing performer. His stage presence is something I have always wanted to have. Meeting him was definitely a surreal experience and it was probably the only time I was truly star struck,” he said.

On Saturday night, James will have the opportunity to show the Clarence Valley his real sound when he plays at the Yamba Bowling Club. It is an all-ages event. Call the venue on 6646 2305.

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