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Carl Riseley

Carl Riseley
Carl Riseley has always been musical, but rather than with singing, his adventure began as a trumpeter — in The Royal Australian Navy band. It was only a recent switch to singing for the navy rock band that saw him focus on his singing, and
then decide to give the Australian Idol auditions a crack. There was a mixed response by judges to his audition, aside from Marcia Hines who immediately saw Carl's potential. "You have chops," she told him.

Marcia was proved justified in pushing him through to the Top 100, where he thrived, and continued to improve every week. By the time he made it through to the Wildcard round his dazzling swing-style performance of The Everly Brothers'
"Bye Bye Love" he had won everyone over, and the judges placed him in the Top 12.

"I'm a trumpet player, I've been doing it since I could walk," he says of making it into the Top 12. "I can't believe I'm here." Carl went on to make it right through to the top three in the show, and was a public favourite throughout.

Riseley signed a recording contract with Universal Music Australia, which released his full-length album debut, “The Rise”, in 2008. A Top Five hit on the Australian album charts, the CD reflects his passion for big-band swing music and includes performances of well-known songs including “This Guy’s in Love with You” and “The Girl from Ipanema”.

His second album entitled “The Stillest Hour” sees the Queensland-born jazz singer and trumpeter take a confident step forward in his musical journey. It was released on 24 April 2009 and debuted as the number one jazz album on the Australian Aria charts.