With a population of just over 5,000 people, Moama (NSW) is hardly the kind of place you’d expect to find a superstar, but no-one told Isaiah that.
In the past two years, the talented teen has transformed from a small-town singer with big dreams to one of Australia’s most successful artists. Along the way he’s won The X Factor, was signed to Sony Music, released a debut single that charted all over the world notching up over 140 million international streams, supported the incredible Jessica Mauboy on her Australian tour, represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 – viewed by more than 250 million people – and finished in the top 10. All that at just 17 years of age.
After winning The X Factor in 2016, Isaiah buckled down and released his debut album, anchored by lead single ‘It’s Gotta Be You’. The song quickly found an international audience, with ‘It’s Gotta Be You’ now racking up more than 130 million streams, going double platinum in Sweden, and gold in Norway and Australia. There’s no denying that Isaiah is on fire.
The milestones keep adding up for Isaiah, who recently made his mark, for a second year in a row, in Los Angeles as part of the star-studded G’Day LA event in Hollywood. Among the audience impressed by his performance of the Australian national anthem were industry heavyweights including Vance Joy, Paul Hogan, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and John Travolta. “Those moments are surreal for me,” says Isaiah. “I’m just this guy from Moama!”