Teen rapper debuting own beats at Christmas concert
YOUNG rapper Robert Thorne will be giving his first official gig at Gayndah's Christmas Carnival on Friday night.
The 18-year-old from Bundaberg was inspired to create his own rap music about four years ago.
"I've always listened to that kind of music. I picked it up one day and didn't stop," Robert said.
"I take how a beat makes me feel and express myself at that point, and hopefully other people can connect.
"I'm about to put out a song in one or two weeks and it's a bit about love, a bit about life in general."
Robert has been building confidence by performing at parties for the past two years, and was thrilled to receive his first official gig from the MARK Foundation, established this year by the Millington family to promote youth mental health and prevent suicide.
"I knew Mark (Millington) - we boxed together for about a year and I knew him before that," Robert said.
"It's because I know him that I thought it was the right thing to do (the concert) for free."
Friday's concert at Gayndah's Town Hall starts with a DJ set at 7pm, with Robert performing from 7.30pm. Entry is restricted to ages 13 and older.