Mark first caught the worlds eye in 2009 when he won Australia’s Got Talent, but before this he was a regular aspiring vocalist, competing in Sydney Eisteddfod the year prior to his triumphant win on Australian television.
Since winning Australia’s Got Talent, Mark Vincent has gone on to release such incredible albums which have been certified gold both in Australia and internationally.
"To think it has been 10 years since ‘Australia’s Got talent’ is crazy in a good way. 9 albums later, 500 thousand sales, touring internationally. I never thought this could all happen at the age of 26. It’s all happened so fast but with hard work and commitment”, Mark tells Sydney Eisteddfod.
Mark’s career has certainly skyrocketed onwards and upwards as he has gone on to become one of Australia’s most adored tenors, listened to on repeat in those Aussie households which truly appreciate the art of classical music!
2019 has seen Mark competing in ‘Eurovision Australia Decides’, where he was universally acclaimed across the globe for his breathtaking performance of “This Is Not the End”.
“To be able to be in front of a different audience was thrilling for me. Performing my original song ‘This is not the end’ was a moment for me to showcase who I am about as an artist and the obstacles that I have gone through in my career.”
Photo: Mark Vincent performing at 'Eurovision Australia Decides' earlier this year.
Header photo: St George & Sutherland Shire Leader
Over the past year, Mark has performed at some unbelievable venues (including The Royal Albert Hall in London) joining international soprano Katherine Jenkins and Tommy Fleming on their U.K. and Ireland tours.
Mark’s all-time favourite ‘pinch me’ moment to date, however, was performing alongside Susan Boyle on the BBC PROMS in Belfast earlier this year.
“It was televised in the UK with an attendance of 11000 people. To be on stage singing in front of that many people, was just incredible and a moment I’ll never forget”.
It is unbelievable to think that only a decade prior, Mark participated in the vocal competition of Sydney Eisteddfod, not knowing what the future held for him.
He tells Sydney Eisteddfod that he would encourage any young person who is considering the idea of entering an event to do so as it can lead to some incredible opportunities like what he has been graced with in his career.
“I always believe you have to take chances professionally in your career. It’s important to know who you are as an artist and which direction you would like to take. Hard work always pays off”.
“Follow your heart and always stay true to who you are as a person and as an artist. This advice I always take with me throughout my career and my day to day life”.
Mark encourages aspiring performers to break out of their comfort zone, and stresses that the best way to do this is through performing in front of crowds so you can build your confidence up.
"Having confidence is a very important factor in your career. If the audience sees you relaxed and ready to go, they will always be on your side. The Eisteddfod has helped me so much with this".
Mark’s confidence has blossomed every year, mirroring his increasing success as he progresses forward in his career and delves into new experiences.
Mark Vincent made his Musical Theatre debut in the 2014 Australian production of Dirty Dancing, which played 130 shows across Australia. In 2016, Dame Julie Andrews, DBE cast Mark in her production of My Fair Lady, which toured nationally with Opera Australia to incredible reviews.
He has released eight #1 ARIA Classical Crossover Albums and has earned awards across the globe. Despite this he would still love to further the international circuit of his career even more so, which is his biggest goal for the coming years.
"I want to show the world what I can do. I always believe if you can see it, and you believe it, you will achieve it. I live by that motto every day of my life. Never stop believing and reach your goals and dreams.’’
Sydney Eisteddfod wishes Mark the best of luck for whatever the future continues to hold for him as his career progresses!