Irish singer is committed to rock and soul
ANDREW Strong has music running through his blood.
The 41-year-old Irish singer is bringing his Commitments Australian Tour to Gladstone on May 20.
Based on the Alan Parker-directed classic film from 1992, The Commitments sees an aspiring group fall just short of stardom.
The movie received massive international recognition, nominated for Grammys and Academy Awards, and won several Brit Awards.
Now, Andrew and his band of stellar musicians are touring Australia and he can't wait to show us what he's got.
Pulse caught up with Andrew from his hometown 20km outside of Dublin, Ireland.
Pulse: Do you love coming to Australia?
Andrew: It's my fourth time in the last two years in Australia.
I have been there about 15 times.
I've always come for one show and now I'm coming for five or six shows. It's nice.
Pulse: Tell us about your love for music.
Andrew: It's in my blood. My father is a singer and he is still a performer to this day.
If you are making a record and singing a song and you are happy with it, it can give you great gratification.
But regardless if people listen to me or not, it would be always something I did.
I am a firm believer in that if you believe in what you want and work your ass off you will achieve that.
Anybody who is successful is driven and dedicated.
Once you have those two elements you are on the right track.
Pulse: What is your sound?
Andrew: Rock and soul. I put the rock before the soul. For about 70% of the show I play guitar and people don't know that.
I give songs a harder edge and make it a bit more interesting. And that's my sound.
Pulse: How has the Commitments Tour helped your career?
Andrew: It's been a big vehicle to launch my career.
Things snowballed from there and I did five albums and got to tour with a lot of great acts and see the world.
Pulse: What music inspires you?
Andrew: The Beatles and (Jimi) Hendrix and (Led) Zeppelin. I've got a collection of heavy metal to country music.
I am not into one genre and that's the beauty of it; it's universal.
In terms of Aussie bands, I like the Baby Animals, Midnight Oil and INXS.
I'll listen to anything. I don't pigeonhole myself.
Pulse: What do you do in your spare time?
Andrew: I'm a family man with a son who is two.
When I'm not working, I relish home and do everyday typical things when you are a dad.
When you get to that stage when you have a child, for so many years it's always been about me and now that's all gone out the window.
You look at things very differently.
The show will be held at Gladstone Entertainment Centre on May 20. Tickets are $60.