Karise be­gins her jour­ney

In less than a week, Karise Eden, the in­au­gu­ral win­ner of The Voice, has fin­ished record­ing her de­but al­bum, filmed a video and been on an end­less chat­fest to launch her ca­reer. She takes a breather to talk mu­sic and fans with Kathy Mccabe.

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Q: So how did you pick the other songs such as The Weight and Hound Dog that you wanted to cover on My Jour­ney?

A: ‘‘ What’s on it? [ she looks at my track­list­ing print­out] Oh yeah, some are from the ac­tual show. With those other songs, I orig­i­nally sat down and had a chat with a cou­ple of peo­ple about it. It was Big Mama Thorn­ton who recorded Hound Dog first, be­fore Elvis, and I saw Macy Gray do a ver­sion of it on this con­cert called Light­ning In A Bot­tle. And I’ve loved it ever since. It’s a feel­good song the way they do it, stan­dard blues stuff.

Q: The Weight?

A: I only knew The Band’s ver­sion, I didn’t know Aretha’s ver­sion and when I heard it I thought ‘‘ wow, that’s re­ally cool’’. It was a bit of a spur of the mo­ment choice.

Q: And of course there’s Janis Jo­plin on here.

A: Move Over is Janis Jo­plin; you know I had to have one there. I’ve per­formed Bobby McGee and Mercedes Benz so many times

that I thought it would be cool to steer away from those. I do love all of her songs . . . but I thought Move Over was a good pick out of all of them. Q: You’re quite a stu­dent of mu­sic his­tory, aren’t you?

A: I al­ways imag­ined it [ was] be­cause I haven’t been at school since I was 12. If you get a kid and teach him maths ev­ery day for seven years and no other sub­jects, he’s go­ing to be pretty smart about maths. It’s like with me. I learnt ev­ery day about mu­sic and my Un­cle Frank knows a lot about the his­tory of mu­sic. When he first started teach­ing me how to play, I was play­ing tra­di­tional folk and blue­grass, and now I play the dou­ble bass and I’m learn­ing the banjo. I have a banjo but be­cause of the show I haven’t had much of a chance to keep go­ing with it. I read about mu­sic all the time, bi­ogra­phies, in­ter­net searches . . . even through­out the show. That song Nothing’s Real But Love, I didn’t know that song, or who sang it, so as soon as I got told I was singing that song, I’d type her name [ Re­becca Fer­gu­son] in to find out who she was, how it all happened, I’m in­ter­ested in that sort of stuff.

Q: How did you go about mak­ing the cov­ers your own?

A: I just like imag­in­ing all the colours [ of a song], that it’s a movie and I can see the en­vi­ron­ment I’m stand­ing in. It’s like my safe haven. Every­body does their own thing [ to get through] trauma and that may be one of them that I do. I get re­ally in­volved in imag­in­ing the wall­pa­per and what era, what time am I in. At the end of the day, my voice still sounds the same, I’m still my own singer with my own sound but cer­tain bits of it may change be­cause I have been so heav­ily in­flu­enced by so many peo­ple. I’ve had a lot of com­ments from peo­ple that ‘‘ I talk like this’’ and ‘‘ sing like that’’, so is it put on? No, it’s ac­tu­ally be­cause the tone, where I sing in my voice, is sim­i­lar to when you’re about to cry. I don’t know if you’ve no­ticed but I put my head down a bit, not that I want to cry, to use those same sort of mus­cles in my throat.

Q: You didn’t have much time to be­come ac­quainted with your de­but sin­gle You Won’t Let Me be­fore re­leas­ing it, did you?

A: Well it is re­ally easy to re­late to, very easy that song so I guess that’s all I re­ally need. Even love songs, I’ve never been in love or all that sort of stuff, so you sing it from the hope of what it’s go­ing to be like when it does come.

Q: This week you get to sing it to the fans, as you called them in your win­ner’s ac­cep­tance speech.

A: I’m never go­ing to live that down, am I? I think it’s go­ing to be re­ally cool. It’s the most im­por­tant thing. They’re the ones who like you, who feel what you sang. It’s the best thing to be out there face to face. I love get­ting feed­back. I’ve said it be­fore that when the show was on, I didn’t want to Tweet and Face­book about vot­ing but when I had the chance, I would go out and see peo­ple and never say no to a photo be­cause I think that’s mean if you did. I’m a face- to- face per­son any­way, I’m a bit awk­ward over the phone.

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