John Wayne Parsons is a Meriam Le and Yugerra man who, growing up in a family with strong spiritual and cultural influences, has always loved singing. John Wayne has provided backing vocals for various artists and cultural groups including Mirror Child, The Café at the Gates of Salvation, Australia’s leading gospel choir, KwaYa Australia and the African Children’s Choir, Into the Blood Stream with Archie Roach, Tanderrum Kulin Nations Ceremonies, Charcoal Club with Richard Frankland, the Mission Songs Project with Jessie Lloyd and Zenadth Kes Le, a Meriam language duo with Luke Captain and Kulin String Tides with James Henry.
John performed in Melbourne Opera Company production of Fidelio (2013), Production Company in Show Boat (2014), lead and ensemble roles in successive seasons of Short Black Opera’s Pecan Summer - Australia’s first Indigenous Opera. It was in this role that he had his operatic debut at the Sydney Opera House In 2016 and for which he was awarded Best Actor in an Opera in the Broadway World Sydney Awards.
Playing as part of the Acland Street Pop-Up series, this performance will take place from 12:30pm at the Barkly Street end of Acland Plaza, St Kilda.
- Acland Plaza, St Kilda
- Sunday March 28
- 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM