MANDURAH’S Philip Walley-Stack is a finalist in the 2017 Western Australia of the Year Awards.
Mr Walley-Stack is a finalist in the Aboriginal award category for his charity work and contributions to the arts.
He is well-known as a Noongar singer and songwriter, who blends the traditional sounds of didgeridoos, boomerangs and tapping sticks with contemporary instruments including the cello, guitar and drums.
Mr Walley-Stack grew up in Northam and worked hard with music to break the cycle of alcoholism that many young people faced in his community.
He is currently working on an artist development program in which emerging artists are provided with opportunities to work alongside established people in the industry.
In 2012, Mr Walley-Stack founded Walleystack International, an Aboriginal entertainment and production company performing both nationally and internationally, providing a range of entertainment options.
He also volunteers for several charitable causes, schools and community groups. These include Kidzucate, a not-for-profit group against bullying, 12 Buckets children’s charity, an anti-bullying not-for-profit organisation and a weekly national program called Aboriginal Beats which promotes Aboriginal artists and music across Australia.
Mr Walley-Stack is also the founder of the Aboriginal-designed sleepwear brand, JINDA.
He has performed all over the world including the USA, Middle East, Germany, France, China, Indonesia and Malaysia.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Fly By Night musicians’ club in Fremantle, as well as Noongar Radio 100.9FM.