Songwriter hits No. 1 and performs at sell-out show at 19
WITH a performance at the Sydney Opera House and a number one Triple J Unearthed single already under his belt, you can't slow down HSC graduate Bradley Stone on his way to success.
The pop/indie singer songwriter finished Year 12 at Southern Cross K-12 School in 2015 when he was invited to audition for Encore, the annual performance of the top performing music graduates from the state.
"I was closing the show so I was sitting in the dressing room, watching the other performers on the TV and every single one of them was really good," Mr Stone said.
"The lights turn on, they announce you, there's no sound, no testing, you just have to trust the mic is on and everything is sweet, and then you just go.
"There were around 4000 people in a really reflective space so it sounded like there was 10,000."
Mr Stone released his first single on February 24 and it's been number one on Triple J Unearthed for the past week.
Triple J Unearthed helps new Australian artists get discovered.
Artists upload their song through the website, then it is ranked according to community votes.
Mr Stone said he's recording a few other tracks but he's keen to release an EP soon, followed by an album.
"Recording something that's quality takes a long time, and it takes a lot of money as well," he said. "We'll see what happens next."
His advice to aspiring young performers is to work hard and seek mentorship, but most importantly to believe in yourself as an artist.
His former music teacher and his mentor, Dave Drinkwater, said Mr Stone's clear vision helped him get to where he is now.
"We're super proud of Brad, and he deserves it. He works really hard and he's got a vision," Mr Drinkwater said.
You can find out more about Mr Stone's music by visiting his Facebook page.
You can also listen to and download Lover through the Triple j Unearthed jukebox.