Isaiah Firebrace

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Isaiah Firebrace
Isaiah Firebrace Kyiv 2017.jpg
Background information
Born (1999-11-21) 21 November 1999 (age 19)
Portland, Victoria, Australia
OriginMoama, New South Wales
GenresPop, Soul
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2016–present
LabelsSony
Associated actsAdam Lambert, Jessica Mauboy
Websiteisaiahofficial.com

Isaiah Firebrace (born 21 November 1999) is an Australian singer who won the eighth season of The X Factor Australia in 2016.[1] He then represented Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Don't Come Easy", where he finished 9th.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

One of twelve children, Firebrace was born in Portland, Victoria, and raised in Moama, New South Wales, Australia. Firebrace is an Aboriginal Australian; his father is Yorta Yorta and his mother Gunditjmara.[3] Firebrace first came to public attention when he entered the Fast Track Singing Competition in Melbourne.[4] This led to a scholarship at the David Jaanz School of Singing.[3]

2016: The X Factor and debut album[edit]

Isaiah auditioned for the eighth season of The X Factor Australia, singing a cover of Adele's "Hello". Making it through to Bootcamp, he performed a cover of Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You". From the live shows, he advanced to the Grand Final.[5]

On 21 November 2016, at the Grand Final, Isaiah performed Avicii's "Wake Me Up" with Jessica Mauboy, and his winner's single "It's Gotta Be You", winning the contest. His winner's single peaked at number 26 on the Australian Singles Chart. The song also charted in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden.[6]

On 9 December 2016, Isaiah released his debut studio album Isaiah. The album peaked at number 12 on the Australian Albums Chart.[6]

2017–present: Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Isaiah at Kyiv (2017)

Following his X-Factor win, Firebrace reported that he was interested in representing Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest, and put his name forward for possible participation in the 2017 contest.[7] On 7 March 2017, broadcaster SBS announced that they had internally selected Firebrace to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. His entry, "Don't Come Easy", was written by DNA Songs, who also composed Dami Im's entry "Sound of Silence".[2]

On 9 May 2017, he qualified from the first semi-final and competed in the final on 13 May, finishing in 9th place.

In 2018, Firebrace appeared as a guest quiz master on Have You Been Paying Attention?.

In 2019, Firebrace appeared as a guest on the comedy show Get Krack!n.

In 2019, Firebrace sang the Australian National Anthem at the TAB Million Dollar Chase greyhound race[8] at Wentworth Park.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[6]
NZ
Heat.

[9]
Isaiah 12 5

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[6]
BEL
(Fl)
Tip

[11]
DEN
[12]
NLD
[13]
NZ
Heat.

[14]
SWE
[15]
"It's Gotta Be You" 2016 26 [A] 21 60 6 15 Isaiah
"Don't Come Easy" 2017 69 47 50 Non-album single
"Streets of Gold"[19] TBA
"Close to Me"[20] 2018
"Spirit"[21] 2019
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "It's Gotta Be You" did not chart on the Flemish Ultratop 50, but did register on the Ultratip chart.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Isaiah Firebrace takes the X Factor crown on his birthday". Daily Mail.
  2. ^ a b Escudero, Victor M. (7 March 2017). "Isaiah is Australia's artist for Kyiv!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b Durham, Penny (6 May 2017). "Q&A: Isaiah Firebrace, singer, 17". The Australian. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  4. ^ "X Factor favourite Isaiah Firebrace living the dream". Bendigo Advertiser. Bendigo. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  5. ^ "The X Factor Australia: Isaiah Firebrace takes out grand final". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d Peaks in Australia:
  7. ^ Granger, Anthony (29 November 2016). "Australia: Isaiah Firebrace Puts Name Forward For Eurovision 2017". Eurovoix.com. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  8. ^ "TAB Million Dollar Chase - TAB Million Dollar Chase Hub - MDC Event Information". www.thedogs.com.au. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  9. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Isaiah by Isaiah". iTunes Australia (Apple). Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  11. ^ a b "ultratop.be – Discografie Isaiah". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  12. ^ "danishcharts.com – Discography Isaiah". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  13. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Discografie Isaiah". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  14. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  15. ^ "swedishcharts.com – Discography Isaiah". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2018 Singles". ARIA. 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  17. ^ "CERTIFICERINGER Danish single certifications". IFPI Denmark. p. 104. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista" (Enter "Isaiah" in the search bar, click on "Visa" below "It's Gotta Be You"). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Streets of Gold – Single by Isaiah on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Close to Me by Isaiah on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Spirit by Isaiah on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 5 July 2019.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Cyrus Villanueva
The X Factor Australia
Winner

2016
Succeeded by
None

Show axed

Preceded by
Dami Im
with "Sound of Silence"
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2017
Succeeded by
Jessica Mauboy
with "#We Got Love"