During his Brisbane tour Mark Vincent sat down to discuss family, fame and Beyonce with Laura Brodnik.
My first impression of Mark Vincent is that he is more poised, suave and confident than any 20-year-old has any right to be.
On my way to meet him in South Bank during his whirlwind trip to Brisbane I had been listening to his new album, The Quartet Sessions, in my car with his strong tenor voice belting out well known tracks from John Farnham, West Side Story and, most surprising of all, Beyoncé. It was clear the 2009 winner of Australia’s Got Talent has indeed lived up to his end of the bargain, with his musical prowess clearly on show as the first strands of Halo fill my car.
You may expect somebody who’s been riding a wave of success from the age of 15 to be on the arrogant side, but Vincent is just as willing to gush about his family as he is to discuss his soaring album sales.
“This is my fifth album, I’ve done five albums in four years,” he says. “I actually found out from Sony that I’m the only 20-year-old in Australia, maybe one of the few in the world, who has done that.
“People always ask me if there are other musicians in my family but the truth is not one of them sings or plays an instrument. It all started when I was working in my Grandfather’s Italian restaurant at 10 years of age. I would go around to all the tables and sing.
“I’m very close to my family. I live with my mum, grandmother, cousin and aunty.”
Despite his love of being at home in Sydney, Mark Vincent has been hitting the road promoting The Quartet Sessions, an album he admitted was difficult to make as it’s such a departure from his usual classical offerings.
“I’ve re-interpreted pop songs because I want to appeal to younger generations, to say that classical music is cool and relevant. I had to cross over to a whole different genre of music and that really tested me as an artist.
“I’m recording Halo again in three different languages because I’m going to release that song in Europe, hopefully. Beyoncé is coming to Australia soon and I want her to listen to it, because if she likes it she’ll actually call you. I would probably cry if that happens, I’m tearing up just talking about her.”
Even amidst his grueling promotional appearances, Vincent said he is already plotting his next album release.
“When things get hard I say to myself ‘there is nothing else’, I don’t think about a back-up career,” he says. “I was put on this earth because I’m meant to be doing this.”
The Quartet Sessions is out now.