Andrew Wishart has the perfect name. Of all the contestants in last year’s X factor he most definitely had the most heartfelt wish, or wishing heart, for a career in music, more so when you realise he has put his savings into fulfilling that dream.

I recently talked to Andrew and asked him how often he gets down to Tassie and was surprised to hear he was in Tassie 18 months ago, not in his new found role as full time singer, but for some work he did for an advertising company in the North Coast. Andrew is very much the professional musician and doesn’t like the allusion focusing on his day job as a vendor as was perpetuated on his TV appearances.

Andrew has embarked on a national tour and if he had it his way he would be doing so all the time travelling around Australia to the regional areas that often miss out on music acts and playing his acoustic set inspired by such musicians as John Cougar, Diesel, John Farnham and Dire Straits.

Andrew was the runner up in the competition just missing out on victory by 1 per cent of votes, and has not been able to secure a recording contract like many of the top contestants from the show, but with determination he has brought out an album on his own steam and his lovely coach Natalie Bassingthwaighte, who had such a strong faith in Andrew throughout the competition, was one of the first offering to buy his album. Even though her great tutelage made her worthy of a free copy.

Andrew arrived at X Factor after years of saying to his family that he could sing as good as many of the musicians that featured on TV and at his family’s insistence he finally took the plunge arriving at the Moonah Valley auditions and the rest is history.

He has even given the music bug to his family, the kids can sing and so it might well be the Wisharts transform into a von Trapp singing group!

Andrew is publicising his new album, of both new material and covers of songs he admires. He wants his concerts to seem like the audience are sitting at home in a comfortable chair. The tour has been a great success with crowds coming out with their support. At last Andrews dreams are coming true and so the title of the album rings true ‘Never too late’ as Andrew inspires all those that have procrastinated to believe they to, can go out and take a chance. A friend, tongue in cheek, said to Andrew the album should be called ‘About bloody time’ and we have to agree it’s about time Andrew gets his time in the limelight because there are not many that deserve it more.

Andrew is appearing at Wrest Point Casino on Friday 7 September and Saturday 8 at the Launceston Country Club.
Paula Xiberras