Dan shows life does get much better
SATURDAY was special for Gympie country music talent Dan Read as he joined 45 of his closest friends and supporters at the Australian Institute of Country Music for the launch of his debut album, Life Doesn't Get Any Better.
The launch featured local artist Caitlyn Shadbolt on stage before Read and fellow country music artist Nick Aitken performed a preview of the EP.
The album, which he recorded at the AICM, has four heart-felt tracks, which also feature Aitken and Aaron Partridge.
The album is the result of a year's work by Read, who collaborated with Aitken and Partridge for the final result. Each song reflects the passion, fun and mateship in Read's life.
Dan's mother Sharon Bourke said the music was a true representation of her son, whose philosophy was to know your passion, find a way to take the journey and to enjoy that journey with great mates.
"Once you meet Dan, you can see the essence of who he is in these songs," she said.
Ms Bourke said the collaboration between Read, who was born with cerebral palsy, and Aitken thrived off the pair's long friendship and ability to communicate easily as both artists and friends.
The pair spent hours writing and throwing around ideas for sounds.
While Read's disability makes his music career milestone all the more inspirational for many listeners, Ms Bourke said the artist did not let his disability define his music or his life.
AICM director Geoff Walden said Read's story was a powerful tale of determination and persistence that had the potential to inspire people across the world.
"Dan is an incredibly gifted young man, who has a natural ability to communicate and connect through his music," Dr Walden said.
The album can be bought from Gympie Music Land, at the AICM or on Facebook at danreadmusic.