- Publish Date
- Thursday, 15 November 2018, 11:19AM
Stan Walker may have kick-started his career by winning Australian Idol in 2009, but in the last decade, he’s become a genuine New Zealand idol, loved for his sense of humour, humility, and joy for life as much as he inspires in his roles as a musician and actor.
His success as a New Zealand performing artist across such a variety of mediums is unparalleled. Not only has Stan earned a total of 6 gold and 4 platinum singles as well as 1 double platinum and 1 triple platinum single in New Zealand, he’s collected 8 New Zealand Music Awards along the way and 5 ARIA Music Award nominations. He’s now become an impressive star of our silver screen too.
In May last year, Stan released his the single ‘New Takeover’. The powerful track came out of a writing session in LA, and was produced by the talented Sidney Swift, who collaborated on Beyoncé’s smash hit song ‘7/11.’
It was a new direction for Stan, indicative of the depth of the connection he felt upon returning to live in New Zealand, and pay tribute to his family. Only a couple of months later however, Stan was diagnosed with stomach cancer.
Being unsure of what would happen after his diagnosis, Stan decided to start documenting each step of his treatment and recovery with a video camera. An EP titled ‘Stan’ was released alongside the documentary, containing six new tracks. Amongst them is a song called ‘Thank You’, an ode to Stan’s mother April, who has already survived a battle with breast cancer.
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