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Wes Carr
Background information
Birth name Wesley Dean Carr
Born 14 September 1982 (1982-09-14) (age 27)
Origin Adelaide, Australia
Genres Rock
Pop rock
Soft rock
Blue-eyed soul
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboard, harmonica, percussion
Years active 2003–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment
Website Official Site

Wes Carr (born 14 September 1982) is a singer and songwriter known as the winner of Australian Idol in 2008. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Carr moved to Bondi as a 15-year-old. Before he auditioned for Australian Idol, Carr performed and had regular resident gigs around Sydney including fronting the band Tambalane with Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies. On 23 November 2008, Carr became the winner of Australian Idol (Season 6).



Before entering Australian Idol, Wes Carr collaborated with numerous musicians. In 2005 he joined forces with Silverchair’s Ben Gillies, with whom he formed the band Tambalane. Their self titled album and singles Little Miss Liar and Free had some success on Triple J and The Australian Independent Music Charts. Due to a combination of factors including lack of financial backing, Tambalane broke up after they finished touring at the end of 2005.

In May 2006, Wes left to work with CJ Vanston in Los Angeles, where they co-write a song called Say My Name which appeared in the 2006 Christopher Guest Film ‘For Your Consideration’.[1] He worked with professionals Jeff Baxter of Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, and Mac Davis.

In 2006 Wes recorded his EP Rhythm To Fly, from which two songs – the title track Rhythm To Fly and I Will Lie – were featured on long running Australian tv soap, Neighbours.

During 2007 Wes laid down the tracks of his independently recorded LP Simple Sum, which comprised mostly of songs written at the age of around 15, at Electric Avenues Studio in Sydney with the help of Paul McKercher, Greg Royal, Gerard Masters and Hamish Stuart. Jim Moginie of Midnight Oil and Melanie Horsnell also guest starred on this recording. Wes collaborated with Missy Higgins, Andrew Farris (INXS), Paul Mac, Don Walker (Cold Chisel) and Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride).

Week Theme Song Sung Artist
Top 24 N/A "Times Like These" Foo Fighters
Top 12 Idol's Idols "Beautiful Day" U2
Top 11 1980s "Dancing in the Dark" Bruce Springsteen
Top 10 Australian songs "Friday on My Mind" The Easybeats
Top 9 ABBA "Fernando" ABBA
Top 8 Rock n' Roll Smash Hits "Desire" U2
Top 7 Motown "If I Were a Carpenter" The 4 Tops
Top 6 The Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" The Rolling Stones
Top 5 Michael Jackson
The Jackson 5
"Black or White" Michael Jackson
Top 4 American Songs "When You Were Young"
"What a Wonderful World"
The Killers
Louis Armstrong
Top 3 Contestant's Choice "Easy"
"Get Back"
Faith No More
The Beatles
Top 2 Contestant's Choice
Idol Single
"White Noise"
The Living End
Wes Carr
Grand Finale Group Performance
Finalists' Duet
Group Performance
Group Performance
Idol's Favorite
Idol Single
"Can You Feel It"
"Times Like These"
"Higher Ground"
"Viva La Vida
"Black or White"
The Jacksons
Foo Fighters
Stevie Wonder
Michael Jackson
Wes Carr


Wes Carr has independently released two albums so far in his career, both available on the iTunes Store. A third album was planned for release in the first quarter 2009 but has not yet made the shelves. Wes is currently in the process of recording.

The winner's single "You" was released as a digital download on 23 November 2008. "You" debuted on the ARIA Charts at #3 based solely on digital downloads, as well as peaking at #1 on the Australian iTunes Chart and BigPond Music Downloads. The CD single was released on December 3rd and includes Carr's versions of “Get Back,” “Desire,” and “If I Were a Carpenter.”

After its physical release, "You" moved up one spot to #2 on the ARIA Singles Chart in its second week on the charts, missing out on the #1 spot by only 11 units, with Lady GaGa's "Poker Face" managing to take the ARIA top spot for another week.[2] The single reached the #1 position in its third week, and was then dislodged again, back to the number 2 spot, by Lady GaGa the following week. "You" was certified Gold in its 2nd week on the charts and Platinum in its 4th week.

Wes performed You on Sydney New Year's Eve 2008–09.

Three other singles have since been released from his album The Way the World Looks. They are Feels Like Woah, Fearless, and his latest single Love Is An Animal.

Wes has recently completed a national tour with The Script as a support act. He will perform When We Were Kings at the 2009 NRL Grand Final.


  • Wes wrote his song Cherrokee Dream, on the Simple Sum album, about the nightmares he used to suffer as a child. In fact, his song choice for Australian Idol’s top 4 American Hits night, What A Wonderful World was inspired by this very fact. Wes listened to the song as a child frequently, and on repeat, to help him sleep.
  • The song Elsie Brown (Simple Sum) was written by Wes in 2003, inspired by a news story he read about a lady by the same name who died in her Sydney home alone and was speculated to have been left undiscovered for up to 22 months. She was elderly and neighbours claimed she rarely left her house or had visitors.[3]
  • Shortly after Wes was crowned the 2008 winner of Australian Idol, his fans christened themselves “Wesbian"s in true “dad joke” style. The term originated in Wes’ unofficial forum “The Central Hub” and Wes has since said he would love to meet the person who made it up.
  • Wes wowed in the top 5 performance show, with his crowd-pleasing choreographed Michael Jackson dance moves.[4]
  • Wes moved to Sydney to live with his father after he was expelled from his high school in Adelaide following his parents’ divorce when he was 15.
  • Wes dragged his mother around Adelaide shopping centres as a young child to audition for a place in the Johnny Young Talent School and finally got accepted after his third (?) audition. He spent several of his early childhood years performing during school holidays in pantomimes and concerts at local shopping centres with the Johnny Young Talent School. One of his co-YTTers was So You Think You Can Dance Australia’s 2008 runner up Rhys Bobridge.



Studio albums

Year Album Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2009 The Way the World Looks 2


Year Single Chart peak positions Album
2008 "You" 1 The Way the World Looks
2009 "Feels Like Woah" 14
"Fearless" 51
"Love Is an Animal" 65

"—" denotes releases that did not chart or is yet to chart.

Single certification

Australia certification: Platinum
Australia certification: Gold
Preceded by
Natalie Gauci
Australian Idol

Season 6 (2008)
Succeeded by
Stan Walker



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