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Post by Admin on Sat 17 Nov 2007, 11:16 am

About Carl Riseley





  • Favourite Season: First
  • Favourite TV show: Boston Legal
  • Eye Colour: Brown
  • Favourite Colour: Navy Blue
  • Favourite Sport: The world game (soccer)
  • Favourite Album: Stevie Wonder's 'Natural Wonder'
  • Can't live without?: Air & music playing devices
  • First job: Mowing my neighbours' lawn for $10






Carl Riseley has always been musical, but rather than with singing, his adventure began as a trumpeter — in The Royal Australian Navy band. It was only a recent switch to singing for the navy rock band that saw him focus on his singing, and then decide to give the Australian Idol auditions a crack.



There was a mixed response by judges to his audition, aside from Marcia Hines who immediately saw Carl's potential. "You have chops," she told him.

Marcia was proved justified in pushing him through to the Top 100, where he thrived, and continued to improve every week. By the time he made it through to the Wildcard round his dazzling swing-style performance of The Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love" he had won everyone over, and the judges placed him in the Top 12.

"I'm a trumpet player, I've been doing it since I could walk," he says of making it into the Top 12. "I can't believe I'm here." Carl's first job was mowing lawns and even admits his favourite film is Love Actually. The 24-year-old says the highlight of Idol has been "hanging out with the most talented individuals I have ever met."
Q&A with Carl


Q: I first realised I wanted to become a professional singer when…



A: I first heard Stevie Wonder's "Natural Wonder Album Live in Tokyo". To front a band like that would be the ultimate!
Q: What is your favourite genre of music? Please tell us why you love that particular style.



A: Swing of course! Or Jazz as a whole, but I definitely enjoy all types.
Q: Which previous finalist do you find most inspiring and why?



A: Bobby Flynn - The guy has the groove.
Q: Have you auditioned for a previous series of Australian Idol? If so, how far did you progress? What motivated you to audition this year?



A: No.



Q: Describe your feeling at your first audition?



A: Well… I was fine, quite composed until of course they said 'No!' and I had to come up with something good... and fast!
Q: Obviously, it's important to have a strong voice, but what other aspects give a performer 'star quality'?



A: I believe in maybe what you might like to call a "NATURAL FEEL" or "NATURAL GROOVE" - that either you have or you don't.
Q: Idol shows often follow a special theme like Disco, Rock or Big Band. What would your 'dream theme' be and why?



A: A great theme would be "Turn This Rock into a Swing Chart!" Hehe! I'd like to see that.
Q: What would you call your debut album?



A: "Crazy Carl croons the Classics" Ha! No, I don't know what I would call it.
Q: Why do you think Australian Idol is an important part of our local music industry?



A: Discovering hidden Aussie talents.
Q: Which artist (dead or alive) would you most like to perform a duet with and why?



A: Donny Hathaway, now that's a phat voice!
Q: What's the best thing about being on Australian Idol?



A: Hangin' out with the most talented individuals I have ever met!
Q: Who is your favourite judge and why?



A: Marcia for sure! She's got soul. I really do like 'em all though.
Q: How do you prepare yourself before a performance?



A: Ha! Well… I play the dominant scale in the song I'm singing on the trumpet a few times, get the key centre in my head. Then sing it as well.
Q: What's the best bit of advice someone has given to you?



A: Whatever it is you may be doing, never get distracted - always be in the moment.



Q: If you win, who would you thank first?



A: My little brother, for being my inspiration. "Natural Wonder Album Live in Tokyo". To front a band like that would be the ultimate!

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Post by Jesskath1994 on Sun 18 Nov 2007, 4:30 pm

Who do you think will win. Matt or Natalie???

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Post by amanda-renee on Mon 19 Nov 2007, 5:47 pm

he also like mango's and avacado's not together and slow cooked steak.
he is gluten intolerant so he can't eat a lot of wheat products.
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Post by ambercat on Tue 20 Nov 2007, 10:56 pm

He's 6 foot 1 inch tall! Perfect height!! I love tall guys!!! I love you

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Post by Kris on Wed 21 Nov 2007, 7:38 am

Confirmed!
And his Birthday is December 21st, 1982 :)

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Post by Kris on Sat 01 Dec 2007, 4:29 pm

He lives in Alexandria, Sydney.

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Post by Admin on Sat 01 Dec 2007, 9:33 pm

I think I'm gonna change your name to 'super sleuth' Kris.....where do you find these things?
Well done!

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Post by Kris on Sat 01 Dec 2007, 9:49 pm

lol just happened to stumble across it by doing a google search :cheers:

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Post by Beerbote01(the rise) on Mon 03 Dec 2007, 2:55 pm

Hey guys just thought I would let you know........6 foot 1 and a half, thanks very much!!!! hehe!!!
Oh and how good is December!!!
My birthday is coming up soon!!!

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Post by ambercat on Mon 03 Dec 2007, 10:30 pm

oooh gosh Carl! Sorry!!! How could I have forgotten that extra half an inch!!! And yeah mate!! There's going to be some celebrating going on here on December 21st!! woo hoo!!!!!

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Post by laceyface on Mon 03 Dec 2007, 11:03 pm

We'll have to crack open that CARLton amby!! Razz
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Post by ambercat on Mon 03 Dec 2007, 11:27 pm

ooooh yeah baby!! And the Riseling!!!

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Post by Angeo on Tue 04 Dec 2007, 3:24 am

"Do you remember . . . . the 21st of December . . .
Carl was changing the mind of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away ...


(This is Mummy2cool with different moniker - thought if I ditch the 'mummy' I might in with a chance with 'The Rise') I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you
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Post by ambercat on Tue 04 Dec 2007, 7:50 am

Hey!!!! Very Happy Hi there mummy2cool!!!! oh..sorry....Angeo... Cool that's a very smooth name change there! I'll just have to try and remember who you are now!! The mummy word will never be spoken again!! lol!

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Post by Angeo on Tue 04 Dec 2007, 11:25 am

Right just need to adjust the age ... (well I have already but we won't mention that again either!) There we go! Okay now I'm 24 (those were the days) - so croonin' Carl could I be a contender? (Just need to find a picture of a beautiful brunette like Rachel to post and pretend it's me . . . .)

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BTW this is such a fun forum :) Totally shipshape.
Well done to Captain Goldenoldie and the hard working crew.
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Post by ambercat on Wed 05 Dec 2007, 8:27 am

Look out Rachel!! You've got a bit of competition here!!

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Post by mscassandra on Fri 07 Dec 2007, 12:01 pm

Beerbote01(the rise) wrote:Oh and how good is December!!!
My birthday is coming up soon!!!
beat you by one day (and a few years Embarassed but age is irrelevant, right?)

so, Carl, did you ever get those scabby combined birthday/Christmas presents? my big bros though it was great to buy me maybe a packet of textas for my birthday, and a sketch book to go with it for Christmas ... but being the oldest, you might not have had that problem!?!

xxxxmsscass

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Post by ambercat on Sun 24 Feb 2008, 11:28 pm

From Carl's Myspace Music:

AWARDS

2000 Received Honours in 8th Grade Trumpet

2004 AASM medal, Australian Active Service Medal for deployment to Iraq

2005 Iraq Campaign Medal, for service over 30 days in Iraq

2008 For service in the Defence Force over 4 years


(I wonder if he just received that last medal when he left the Navy just recently?)

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