By Angela Norval
Having played the guitar since he was six, it is no wonder that local musician Chase Johnstone is wowing audiences with his soulful sounds.
Chase discovered his love of performing through his mother, who is also a singer, as they would sing some of her songs in the lounge room, complete with speakers.
Chase went on to also learn the piano and an array of other instruments to add to his repertoire.
Given the range of artists and bands that Chase is influenced by including Conrad Sewell, Keith Urban and Fleetwood Mac, as a live solo artist he covers a real range of styles.
Chase said he also penned some original songs when he was going through a hard time and hoped that when he sang them, the audience would connect with the emotion behind them.
“When I am performing live I really enjoy knowing that my music helps people forget about a bad day they may have had or are having, and they get to simply smile,” he said.
“I feel that I have gained an even greater range of songs to add to my line up since I started and my style has continued to mature as I am open to advice and learning from other artists what works for them.
“For me, looking to the future my focus is to grow as a performer and that is by continuing to play live as much as possible as well as writing more originals of my known.
“I would even like to record my originals so that I could really put my songs out there for people to hear my story.”
Until then, audiences at Rick’s at Bargara are enjoying a delicious meal, great views and local talent, with Chase playing every Saturday night from 6.30pm to 8.30pm – or a little later if everyone is having a great time.