Harrison Craig hits city with Vegas show

PERFORMANCE: Harrison Craig will perform the great songs of the kings of Vegas in Tamworth next week. Photo: Supplied
PERFORMANCE: Harrison Craig will perform the great songs of the kings of Vegas in Tamworth next week. Photo: Supplied

HE won over hearts on The Voice four years ago and Harrison Craig’s career is continuing to go from strength to strength.

The talented vocalist will hit the Capitol Theatre in Tamworth on Friday, July 21 at 8pm with a show bound to evoke memories and emotion.

Tamworth is one of the stops on his national Kings of Vegas tour, named after his third studio album released late last year. The album and the tour is homage to the most important music in the performer’s life.

From Nat King Cole to Sinatra's Rat Pack, Elvis Presley to Tom Jones, Mel Torme to Frankie Valli, the album includes new interpretations of classics such as Almost Like Being In Love, She’s A Lady and Comin’ Home.  

He told The Leader he was excited about his trip to Tamworth.

“I’m really looking forward to doing a great show there,” he said.  “It is a really raw and intimate kind of tour.

“For me I really wanted to bring that intimacy from the (Vegas) piano bars and lounges to Australia. 

“What you got to experience in Vegas was a really beautiful thing: it was where you would see the Presleys, the Rat Pack and those greats of the era wander to after a show. 

“They would be crooning away in a corner, having a scotch in a very smoky kind of room – it was kind of another world.”

Craig said his love for these artists grew from their music played in his home as a child and from there he wanted to learn more about them.

“I started to appreciate it and really love it,” he said. 

With his third release now on the shelves, he’s described it as “more jazzy than the last two”.

“I’ve just wanted to make this record throughout my whole life,” he said. “I’ve just loved this music and it’s only fair to pay tribute to say thank you to these artists that have really impacted on my life.”

Craig said he’s now preparing for a new album filled with original material.

He’s described it as a “bit of a lane change” and is looking forward to seeing how the new songs are received.  He’s also written a children’s book dedicated to sharing his story and experiences with children around Australia.

“To help them understand that no matter what their vices are, no matter what their challenges are, they can overcome those and live their dream,” he said.