Gold Coast singer songwriter Straalen has already enjoyed a longevity in the music business that most artists these days could only dream of… and he’s still only 18 years of age.
The youngest ever signing to Sony Music when he was just 12 years old, the golden-haired singer released his debut album ‘A Little Faith’ – under the name Straalen McCallum – back in 2010.
Fast forward six years and he’s just released his first ever original single, ‘Be Mine Tonight’, a song about a girl who exudes natural beauty.
“It is about the average girl who doesn’t realise she is amazing in every little thing she does,” he explains. “It’s a song about a girl who is naturally beautiful and doesn’t need all that other stuff. I wrote it on the guitar on the beach at home and it just came out. It is always good picking up the guitar and heading down to the beach, there is a lot of inspiration.”
Straalen explains that it’s this kind of acoustic guitar-based pop that best represents him as an artist and the direction he’s hoping to take from here on in.
“This is what I really enjoy doing, I don’t want to be fake. I want to be as real as possible,” he says. “This is exactly where I am comfortable. I want to develop as a credible singer-songwriter. I am not scared of doing the hard yards like so many of the great artists have done in the past. I love creating music that I believe in. So I am excited to release my music as an independent artist and follow my heart. I just want to be real. I want to be true to myself and true to the fans that I hope will join me on this exciting journey ahead.”
Check out the video for his new track below.