Justin Chen on stage at the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Justin Chen, winner of the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year, spoke to Sydney Eisteddfod about his passion for singing and how that performance opportunities such as Sydney Eisteddfod have helped him develop as a singer as well as a person.
Why do you love singinG
I love music, singing makes me feel happy and relaxed.
What inspired you to start singing?
I’ve enjoyed singing ever since I was 3 years old. I sang in the Sydney Children’s Choir, I was also part of the competition choir at my primary school and enjoyed performing in Sydney Eisteddfod’s Choral events. Three years ago my parents gave me the opportunity to take private lessons with a fantastic vocal coach Mr Tim Collins, he helped me realize my singing potential as a soloist.
Which other performers do you most like to listen to/ watch, and why?
Too many to name, some of my favourites at the moment are Coldplay, Mark Vincent, and Mario Lanza.
What is the best piece of performance advice you've ever heard?
Stay calm and collected, be sincere, see, look, and take in the space while you perform.
What have you learnt from your Sydney Eisteddfod experience?
I have been able to build performance experience, resilience and perseverance all of which are important life skills not only specific to performing arts. It was great to have opportunities to see other contestants perform on stage.
What do you hope to achieve next?
I would like to continue to develop my skills and sing as well as possible, do my best to perform well and enjoy having opportunities to sing in front of different audiences.