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Stan Walker

Stan Walker
Walker at the 2013 Australian Hair Fashion Awards.
Background information
Born (1990-10-23) 23 October 1990
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, television personality
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2009–present
Labels Sony Music Australia
Associated acts Australian Idol, Jessica Mauboy, The X Factor, Ginny Blackmore
Website .au.comstanwalker

Stan Walker (born 23 October 1990 in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian-New Zealand recording artist, actor and television personality. In 2009, Walker was the winner of the seventh and last season of Australian Idol. He subsequently signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. In December 2009, Walker released his debut studio album, Introducing Stan Walker, which included the hit single, "Black Box". The album debuted at number three on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). It also appeared on the New Zealand Albums Chart at number two and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ).

In 2010, Walker released his second studio album, From the Inside Out, which spawned the hit singles, "Unbroken" and "Choose You". The album debuted at number one on the New Zealand Albums Chart and number two on the ARIA Albums Chart. In November 2011, Walker released his third studio album, Let the Music Play, which debuted at number 18 on the ARIA Albums Chart and number 12 in New Zealand, and spawned the hit single "Loud". During his career, Walker has won five New Zealand Music Awards and has received four ARIA Music Award nominations. He made his acting debut in the New Zealand film, Mt Zion. Walker was a judge on the first season of The X Factor NZ in 2013.

Contents

  • Life and career 1
    • 1990–2009: Early life 1.1
    • 2009: Australian Idol and Introducing... Stan Walker 1.2
    • 2010–2012: From the Inside Out and Let the Music Play 1.3
    • 2013–present, The X Factor, acting debut and Inventing Myself 1.4
  • Musical style and inspiration 2
  • Discography 3
  • Tours 4
  • Filmography 5
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Life and career

1990–2009: Early life

Stan Walker was born on 23 October 1990 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia[1] to parents Ross and April Walker.[2] He is of Māori descent and is from the Tuhoe and Ngati Tuwharetoa tribes in New Zealand.[3] Walker grew up on a marae in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.[4] In New Zealand, he attended Fairfield Intermediate and Hamilton Boys' High School in Hamilton,[5] and boarded at New Plymouth Boys' High School.[6] Walker has compared his early life to that portrayed in the 1994 New Zealand film, Once Were Warriors, which tells the story of an urban Māori family and their problems with poverty, alcoholism and domestic violence.[7] His father was repeatedly jailed for beating his wife, April, and five children, including Walker.[2] This led to Walker smoking marijuana and thieving.[4] Walker was also sexually abused by a relative over a nine-month period.[2] His parents were drug dealers and both have spent time in jail for drug offences.[2]

At the age of 15, Walker started going to church, after hearing a testimony of a girl who had a similar family background to his.[7] Walker says his passion for music and church made him a "good boy" again.[4] After several violent episodes, Walker and his family moved back to Australia in Coolangatta, Queensland.[2][7] In 2009, Walker lost a daughter when his then-girlfriend suffered a miscarriage.[3] He had planned to call his baby, Ataahua, which is Māori for "beautiful", and wears her name as a tattoo on his neck.[3] Before Walker had entered Australian Idol, he was a shop assistant at a menswear shop in Coolangatta.[8]

Walker says that moving to Australia helped him get over the 'shame buzz' and pursue a career in entertainment.[9]

2009: Australian Idol and Introducing... Stan Walker

In 2009, Walker auditioned for the seventh season of Australian Idol, singing John Legend's "Ordinary People" at his Brisbane audition.[1] He received praise from the judges and progressed through to the theatre rounds receiving more recognition from the judges, with Kyle Sandilands saying, "You're the only person after the auditions that I ever told anyone about; family, friends other people that I run into. I only told them about you."[10] After all three theatre rounds were over, it was announced that Walker had made it into the top twenty four semi-finals. Walker was a part of the first group to perform in the semi-finals. The following evening, it was announced that the first two contestants to be put through to the final top twelve according to viewer votes, were Walker and fellow contestant Kate Cook.[11]

Throughout the season, Walker was praised continually for his voice and for the daring choices he took with his song choices.[12] One of his most highly praised performances on the show was of the Prince song, "Purple Rain", which received a standing ovation from the judging panel and the audience.[13] The grand final was held on 22 November 2009 at the Sydney Opera House. After the viewer votes had been tallied, it was announced that the winner was Walker.[14] He is the first person of New Zealand descent to win Australian Idol.[7] After coming out of Australian Idol as the winner, Walker signed to Sony Music Australia and received an artist's development fund worth $200,000.[15] During this time, he established his own company called, Stan Walker Music Pty Ltd, which is run by his mother, April.[16] The company was set up in order to negotiate his contract with Sony Music and not end up like past Australian Idol contestant Damien Leith, who claimed he did not make any money from his Winners Journey release.[16]

Walker's debut single, "Black Box", was released digitally following his win on Australian Idol on 22 November.[17] The song peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), for selling 140,000 copies.[18][19] It also peaked at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ), for selling 30,000 copies.[20][21] Walker's debut studio album, Introducing... Stan Walker, was released on 8 December 2009, three days ahead of its original release date.[22] The album featured the selected songs Walker had performed as part of the top twelve on Australian Idol, as well the two original songs, "Black Box" and "Think of Me", which was produced by the first Australian Idol winner, Guy Sebastian.[23] Introducing... Stan Walker debuted at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the ARIA.[18][24] It also made its debut on the New Zealand Albums Chart at number two and was certified triple platinum by the RIANZ, for selling 45,000 copies.[20][25]

2010–2012: From the Inside Out and Let the Music Play

In April 2010, Walker flew to Haiti to help Compassion Australia's relief effort of the 2010 Haiti earthquake as an ambassador.[26] Walker's second studio album, From the Inside Out, was released on 20 August 2010.[27] The album debuted at number two on the ARIA Albums Chart.[18] In New Zealand, it debuted at number one on the New Zealand Albums Chart, and became Walker's first number-one album in the country.[20] Eventually, From the Inside Out was certified platinum by the RIANZ.[25] "Unbroken" was released as the album's lead single on 12 April 2010.[28] On the New Zealand Singles Chart, the song peaked at number nine and was certified gold.[20][21] In Australia, "Unbroken" peaked at number 23 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold.[18][19] In June 2010, Walker featured on New Zealand rapper Young Sid's single, "Stuck in a Box". The album's second single, "Choose You", was released on 20 July 2010.[29] The song peaked at number three on the New Zealand Singles Chart and was certified platinum.[20][21] It also appeared on the ARIA Singles Chart at number 16 and was certified platinum.[18][30] "Homesick", featuring rapper Kayo, was released as the album's third and final single on 29 October.[31] It peaked at number 21 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and was certified gold.[20][21] This single did not chart in Australia.[18]

Walker and Jessica Mauboy performing during the Galaxy Tour in January 2012.

In November 2010, Walker served as a support act for the Summerbeatz tour in Australia, touring alongside Flo Rida, Jay Sean, Akon and Ciara, among other artists.[32] He performed at the Parachute music festival in January 2011.[33] In February 2011, Walker held his first headlining tour in New Zealand.[34]

Walker's third studio album, Let the Music Play, was released on 18 November 2011.[35] It debuted at number 18 on the ARIA Album Chart and number 12 on the New Zealand Albums Chart.[18][20] Its lead single, "Loud", was released on 2 May 2011.[36] The song peaked at number nine on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum.[18][30] On the New Zealand Singles Chart, "Loud" peaked at number eight and was certified gold.[20][21] The album's second single, "Light It Up", featuring Static Revenger, was released on 16 September 2011.[37] The song peaked at number 23 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and has reached number 45 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[18][20] In October 2011, Walker was featured on Jessica Mauboy's single, "Galaxy", which peaked at number 13 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[18][38] Walker and Mauboy embarked on their Galaxy Tour across Australia in January 2012, to celebrate the release of the song.[39] The tour ended in February 2012.[39]

In March 2012, "Music Won't Break Your Heart" was released as the third single from Let the Music Play.[40] and it peaked at #25 Australia and #32 in New Zealand. In May 2012, Walker became a supporting act for Nicki Minaj on the Australian leg of her Pink Friday Tour.[41]

2013–present, The X Factor, acting debut and Inventing Myself

On 6 November 2012, it was announced that Walker would be a judge on the first season of the New Zealand version of The X Factor in 2013.[42] Walker made his acting debut playing the lead role of Turei in the New Zealand film, Mt Zion, about a young Māori musician who seeks to open for Bob Marley's 1979 Auckland show, but his dream clashes with his family's ideals.[43] When speaking of his role in the film, Walker told Herald Sun, "They approached me ... the script is so good, it's basically who I was six years ago ... It's definitely the main reason I wanted to get involved.".[44] The film was released on 6 February 2013.[45] Walker recorded "Take It Easy" for the film's soundtrack;[46] the song was released as a single in December 2012 and was also included in Walker's greatest hits album, The Complete Collection.[47][48]

Stan Walker opened for Beyoncé's The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in October for the Auckland and Perth concerts and three of the four Sydney concerts, following Iggy Azalea pulling out of these dates.[49][50][51] Walker's fourth studio album, Inventing Myself, was released on 25 October 2013.[52]

In August 2014, Walker featured with other New Zealand artists on the charity single "Song for Everyone".[53]

Musical style and inspiration

Walker cites Beyoncé as a main inspiration; "She's musically why I do what I do."[54] According to Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic, Walker sings predominantly pop music "with an R&B style".[55] Walker's second album, From the Inside Out, drew from pop, R&B and hip hop,[56] with elements of electro, glam metal, pop-rap and funk also present.[57] He describes his third album, the more pop and dance-orientated Let the Music Play,[58] as thematically his most personal. "These are my songs, my stories, my tunes, my melodies, my words, me."[59]

Discography

Tours

Headlining

Supporting act

Filmography

Television and films
Year Title Role Notes
2013 The X Factor (New Zealand) Himself TV series judge/mentor
Mt Zion Turei

Awards and nominations

Year Type Award Result
2010 Waiata Māori Awards[60] Radio Airplay Record of the Year Won
Nickelodeon Australian Kids Choice Awards[61] Fresh Aussie Musos Nominated
New Zealand Music Awards[62] Vodafone Peoples' Choice Won
Highest Selling New Zealand Single ("Black Box") Won
Radio Airplay Record of the Year ("Black Box") Won
International Achievement Award Won
ARIA Music Awards[63] Most Popular Australian Album (Introducing... Stan Walker) Nominated
Most Popular Australian Single ("Black Box") Nominated
Most Popular Australian Artist Nominated
2011 Nickelodeon Australian Kids Choice Awards[64] Fave Song ("Loud") Nominated
New Zealand Music Awards[65] Best Male Solo Artist (From the Inside Out) Nominated
Vodafone Peoples' Choice Nominated
Radio Airplay Record of the Year ("Choose You") Won
ARIA Music Awards[66] Most Popular Australian Artist Nominated
Channel [V] Awards[67] Channel V Oz Artist of the Year Nominated
Poprepublic.tv IT List Awards[68] Single of 2011 – "Galaxy" (with Jessica Mauboy) Nominated
Australian Male Artist Nominated
2012 Deadly Awards[69] Single of the Year – "Galaxy" (with Jessica Mauboy) Won
ARIA Music Awards[70] Song of the Year – "Galaxy" (with Jessica Mauboy) Nominated
Channel [V] Awards[71] Channel V Oz Artist of the Year Nominated
New Zealand Music Awards[72] Vodafone Peoples' Choice Nominated
Poprepublic.tv IT List Awards[73] Favourite Australian Male Artist Nominated
2013 Poprepublic.tv Awards[74] Favourite Australian Male Artist Nominated
2014 World Music Awards World's Best Song (The Complete Collection)[75] Pending
World's Best Video (The Complete Collection)[76] Pending

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External links

  • Official website
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