Carl Riseley grew up on the Gold Coast in Queensland. and reckons that he held his first trumpet when he was around the age of four.
He played the trumpet throughout school, but it was only towards the end of high school that he really felt he could make a career from his talent. When a good friend joined the Royal Australian Navy as a trombone player, Carl was inspired to do the same and signed up the following year as a full-time musician in the Navy.
Fast forward to last year’s Australian Idol and Carl was the surprise find of the competition – not because he’s not incredibly talented – but because his style certainly didn’t fit the usual Idol mould. He made it to the top three in that competition and his new album The Rise is now in stores.
He joined me on the line during my morning programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM today.
You can listen to our conversation by clicking the play button of the audio player at the bottom of this post.
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