Australian tenor Mark Vincent first got his shot at fame when he won Australia’s Got Talent in April 2009. Ever since then, Mark has captured the hearts of many with his remarkably big and powerful voice. The 20-year-old released his debut album My Dream – Mio Visione in 2009 and now has five albums under his belt.
His latest instalment, The Quartet Sessions features fourteen tracks that really allows him to show off his range of vocals. The album features Mark’s rendition on famous pop songs like Halo, Jar of Hearts, Maria and may more that will truly display the depth and clarity of Mark’s voice.
Mark Vincent will be making his way to Malaysia this November as he will be performing for the Starhill Gallery’s A Journey Through Time event.
Hype.My spoke to Mark in conjunction with his trip to Malaysia.
What made you decide on classical music rather than other genres?
Well I had the pleasure of recording with a very highly respected producer Chong Lim on my fifth album and what I’m trying to do is to convince the younger generation to appreciate classical music more so I’ve recorded a number of pop songs and performed them in a classical way. I truly believe that this a way of convincing the younger generation plus I have always been a believer of classical music. I actually first started singing at the age of 10 at my grandfather’s Italian restaurant which was always playing classical music so I have always loved and respected classical music since a young age.
Have you been to Malaysia before?
No, this is going to be my first time! I am so excited to be coming to Malaysia, I can’t wait. It’s going to be such an exciting and grand opportunity — I simply can’t wait to perform for you all. I think it’s going to be just incredible.
What can the audience expect from your performance?
It will be a whole variety of songs. From pop music to classical music because that way people can get a feel of what I do as an artist. I look forward to showing you all what I can do and I hope you guys in Malaysia will enjoy what I do.
Which artist would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I would really love to perform with Beyonce. It’s really off topic and different from my genre but I would really love to work with Beyonce. I’ve actually recorded one of her tracks – Halo, on my latest album. It’s such a beautiful track and I love her because she works so hard. For a more traditional aspect, I’d love to work with Andrea Bocelli.
What was it like winning Australia’s Got Talent?
Winning Australia’s Got Talent was a life changing moment. I was only 15 years old when I won that show and from there it’s lead me up to five albums in four years. And that is not something you hear very often from someone who is only 20-years of age. I’ve just turned 20, I have albums under my belt and I truly believe that Australia’s Got Talent truly opens the doors for people. It sure opened the doors to the entertainment world for me and it’s something I’m very very proud of.
What is the one thing that not a lot of people know about you?
Great question. The one thing that a lot of people don’t know about me is that I have a lot of love for all genres of music. It’s funny you asked me that because a lot of people think I only listen to classical music but I actually listen to all genres of music – from pop to country to classical to rock to R&B and you name it, I love them all.
What goes through your mind when you’re up on stage performing?
Oh a lot of things! I’m always get a little bit nervous when I first get on stage but I think it’s a good thing to have because it shows as a performer, I care. Another thing that goes through my mind is remembering the lyrics. You’ll be surprised on how many artists forgets their lyrics and also to participate with the audience to get the audience out to appreciate and love what I do. I try to raise the bar the very best I can.
What has been your favourite song in the past five years?
It will have to be Nessun Dorma. Nessun Dorma for me is something very special because I performed that at Australia’s Got Talent. I perform that song at every one of my performances and the great thing about that song is that it always gives me a standing ovation. So hopefully when I come to Malaysia, the audience will be up standing and swaying along. The emotions I have during that song is incredible because it brings back memories of my childhood and memories of where I started and that to me is very important.
And we that with conclude the interview. Thank you so much Mark!
It’s been my absolute pleasure. Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today
Get your mind blown with Mark’s interpretation of Hallelujah below:
The event which takes place from November 22nd, 2013 (Friday) till November 29th, 2013 (Friday) will see Mark perform on November 28th, 2013 (Thursday) and November 29th, 2013 (Friday).
Find out how you can be part of the event by visiting Starhill Gallery’s Facebook page.