WHAT’S ON: Wal Neilsen to perform at Beach House Hotel

IT WILL be a tricky task for rising country music star Wal Neilsen to pick four songs for his upcoming extended play record.

His seven fresh ballads penned in the past two months are like his children, the Mungar father-of-three said.

They are all personal favourites.

Mr Neilsen tested out his tunes in the Hervey Bay Unplugged competition, where he was awarded first place late last month in a tie with Fraser Coast musician Darryl Carr.

The EP gifts, worth $10,000 each, were awarded to both musicians by Hervey Bay-based Pacific International Music.
Wal cannot wait to begin recording in the studio.

Even after a string of career highlights, Wal said he still got nervous when competing.

His main worry throughout Unplugged was the prospect members of his own band, Train Wrecks, would be placed ahead of him.

How he would have coped as their lead singer, he did not know, he laughed.

"They made the finals and I was kind of nervous that they would win and they are my band and they play for me," he said.

RISING STAR: Wal Neilsen will perform on Wednesday night at the Beach House Hotel.
RISING STAR: Wal Neilsen will perform on Wednesday night at the Beach House Hotel. Robin-lee Reidy

"There was a little sigh of relief."

But he was happy to tie with Mr Carr, whom he picked to take out the lead.

"I was really happy to hear that he was a winner as well," he said.

With the release to radio of his third single, Cold As Dry Ice, on Monday, Wal said he could not wait to see which stations in the country played it.

The 30-year-old refrigeration mechanic said interest in his work had already been piqued from a Las Vegas station, who have already broadcast his tune across the American city.

While his next stage appearance will be at the Beach House Hotel on Wednesday for his Unplugged showcase performance, Wal is excited about what the future holds.

He is going from strength-to-strength in his music career.

The latest feather in his cap was his more than 20 gigs at the Tamworth Country Music Festival earlier this year.
"Tamworth was fantastic," he said.

"I had several different performances on several stages with two to three performances each day for nine days."

The 2014 Voice of Urban winner also placed fourth in the Australian Song Writing Competition for the country ballad category, late last year.

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UNPLUGGED SHOWCASE

When: Wednesday from 7.30pm.

What: Hervey Bay Unplugged showcase performances with Wal Neilsen, KaySahn and punk rocker Duncan McNeil.

Where: Beach House Hotel, The Esplanade, Scarness.



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