GREG GOULD is one of Australia’s most exciting entertainers, connecting with millions around the globe with his powerhouse vocals, charismatic stage presence and groundbreaking music videos.
A natural born performer, music has been a constant throughout Greg’s life, providing both comfort and escape as a child. At 14 years of age, Greg eagerly began to chase a career in music with his first professional gig, a tour of the islands of Vanuatu fronting a 40 piece big band. Auditioning for Australian Idol at 16, Greg was ready to share his talents with a national audience but speculation around his sexuality and pressure from both the judges and producers to out himself, left him disillusioned and uncertain. For the next four years Greg turned his back on his dreams and stopped singing entirely. In 2012, Mother Nature intervened and put Greg back on course. Greg found himself caught in a life threatening flash flood forcing him to break free from his car and swim 2km to safety. It was in that moment he realised how fragile and short life is and that he owed it to himself to take a real shot at chasing his dreams.
He hasn’t looked back.
Confident and comfortable at 25 years of age, Greg auditioned for Australia’s Got Talent in 2013 where his stirring rendition of Prince's Purple Rain endeared him to both the judges and the Australian public, propelling him through to the final where he finished as the Runner Up of the popular television series. Greg’s career has since gone from strength to strength touring the world with his band The Chase, performing to sold out shows and hitting the international festival circuit. Greg has performed at major events like the Full Moon Fest in New York City, the 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras official after party and the 2019 NRL Grand Final with Grammy award winning band OneRepublic. Greg also headlined the 2017 Hamburg Pride in Germany where a song Greg wrote titled "Today" was chosen as the official anthem.
One of Greg’s biggest achievements has been his award winning cover of the 1996 En Vogue #1 hit Don’t Let Go. The accompanying film clip, written and directed by Gould, explores heartbreaking stories of discrimination of the LGBTQI community. It rocketed up the charts globally hitting #5 in Australia, #4 in Bulgaria, #14 in UK, #27 in Italy and #7 in Germany selling over 30,000 copies worldwide. The music video went viral with more than 20 million views, and caught the eye of the original songwriter Ivan Matias. Ivan tweeted his appreciation of Greg’s interpretation and put him in touch with Maxine Jones, lead singer of En Vogue. Maxine echoed Ivan's high praise for Greg's work proclaiming his version "gave her goosebumps". Maxine & Greg were thrilled to re-release the version as a duet and the two embarked on an international tour in 2017.
In March 2018, Greg teamed up with Australia’s most iconic Indigenous performer Christine Anu to recreate the heartbreaking duet ‘Without You’ from the Broadway musical Rent. Universal Music Australia released this special version to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the original Australian production where Anu starred in the role of Mimi. The track reached #7 on the Australian charts.
In September 2018, Gould was announced as a judge on the new Channel 7 talent show All Together Now alongside Ronan Keating. Coinciding with the release of his original single Dreaming Wide Awake, which charted at #10. The music video explores how far society has come since the HIV/AIDS epidemic and Greg was honoured by ACON for his work in combatting stigma around HIV/AIDS, serodiscordant relationships and treatment as prevention.
In November 2018, Greg's unique take on the Alvin & The Chipmunk's classic "Christmas Don't Be Late" was chosen as the 2018 entry for the MYER's Spirit Of Christmas album, a final BEST OF compilation of the iconic annual series. Track listing includes selections by artists such as John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Tina Arena, Guy Sebastian & Delta Goodrem.
In 2019, Greg was shortlisted for Music Artist of the Year at the Australian LGBTI Awards along side Troye Sivan, Courtney Act and The Veronicas and won Best Music Video at the Pocono Mountains Film Festival in Pennsylvania, USA. Greg is currently starring in the touring show Walking In Memphis receiving rave reviews from both audiences and critics alike. The "stage shaking" production pays homage to the legendary music of Memphis including Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Johnny Cash & the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.
Gould is set to release the first single off his new duet album in 2020. The 17 track album includes collaborations with a variety of artists including Damien Leith, Rhonda Burchmore, Inaya Day, Peyton, Cosima De Vito, Katie Underwood, Zoe Badwi, Joanne, Home & Away's Lynne McGranger, Bachelor Girl's Tania Doko and the Choirboys frontman Mark Gable.
Following in the footsteps of great artists who aren't defined by any one genre, Greg promises to deliver honest, soulful music that's straight from his heart.
A promise he continues to live up to.
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