Australian viewers will remember Luke from Season 6 of Australian Idol in 2008, the country boy born and bred in New South Wales who endeared a nation to him with not only amazing raw natural talent but also his incredibly honest and down to earth approach to life, the quiet and unassuming shearer who is the embodiment of what the Australian psyche would consider a true 'fair dinkum bloke'.
His time on Idol was all the more of an event for his fans as they watched Luke become a first time dad with the birth of his son Jordan as well as becoming a final 2 contender on the show just a few weeks later, all the while keeping his trademark cool. Amazing when you consider how stressful the experience of the Idol journey is on contestants who make it into the final 20, let alone having a new addition to the family during the competition.
And how did Luke deal with the pressure of being thrust out of his comfort zone and into the public spotlight on a top rating TV show? Just with his usual calm and straightforward approach that has made him such a popular bloke. When quizzed on this topic in an interview with 'WHO' luke replied quite matter-of-factly:
"I don't know. They're cameras, man. They're not guns. Lots of worse things could be happening. Life's easy when you think like that."
Now busily immersed in his Post-Idol career Luke has not had much time for rest; from a whirlwind of appearances such as tours and gigs both in Australia and the US to time in the studio and in front of the camera working on the release of his debut single and music video "Seize The Day". Through all this Luke still remains remarkably grounded, he regularly chats to his fans both in person and online and is always keen to share a laugh with people.
For such a hectic schedule it still amazes me how much time he makes to interact with the people around him in a very personal way. I think back to earlier this year when I published an article on ANZAC day, a topic close to my heart being an Australian soldier. I remember that one of the very first people to comment on that writeup was Luke out of the blue thanking me for sharing the article and explaining what ANZAC day meant to him as well.
Luke has only just completed shooting the last day of his "Seize the Day" music video so expect it to be available for viewing very soon. In the meantime enjoy this live performance of his single recorded at his recent guest appearance on the Kerri-Anne show.