Delta sin­gles out her men­tor

Fate plays a key role in the suc­cess of a Delta Goodrem-Ryan Ted­der dou­ble act, writes Dar­ren Cartwright

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DELTA Goodrem got the best of both worlds when pro­lific US singer and song­writer Ryan Ted­der agreed to be a men­tor on The Voice.

Goodrem got not only a highly cre­den­tialled off­sider, she also had Ted­der per­son­ally cut her lat­est sin­gle.

Ted­der last year knocked back an of­fer from The Voice’s pro­duc­ers, as well as over­tures from US and Europe tal­ent shows, be­cause of a hec­tic work sched­ule. He had ded­i­cated 2013 to his band One Repub­lic.

By co­in­ci­dence, there was a one-week gap in his cal­en­dar that co­in­cided with the The Voice’s ‘‘men­tor’’ shoot­ing sched­ule. That en­abled Ted­der to hook-up with The Voice and at the same time fin­ish a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Goodrem. ‘‘It was fate that brought me here,’’ Ted­der says. ‘‘I had one week off in three months and it was the same week they were tap­ing ( The Voice).

‘‘Delta was go­ing to cut it (the song) with­out me but this all hap­pened and I was able to come across and do that with her and the show.’’ Ted­der is one of four new men­tors on The Voice. Sneaky Sound Sys­tem lead singer Con­nie Mitchell as­sists Seal, Ben Lee is Joel Mad­den’s right-hand man and Jessica Mauboy teams with Ricky Martin.

Ted­der, who has writ­ten for artists in­clud­ing Adele, Bey­once, Kelly Clark­son and Car­rie Un­der­wood, had no plans to pen a song for the win­ner of The Voice.

‘‘We haven’t even dis­cussed it and it would be im­pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine what to write,’’ says Ted­der.

‘‘It’s like mak­ing a cus­tom-made size 10 shoe and who­ever wins has to wear it.’’

As for col­lab­o­ra­tions, Ted­der says it’s eas­ier to write songs for artists than for his band One Repub­lic.

He com­pared writ­ing for an artist to a jour­nal­ist ghost­writ­ing a col­umn or a book for some­one else.

‘‘Much is made of the Adele al­bum and clearly that stems from her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences and for me she gave me all the fuel in the world,’’ Ted­der says. ‘‘Bey­once – same deal.’’ ‘‘When I am writ­ing for other peo­ple, I do not have to di­vulge any­thing about my­self.’’

The Voice: Mon­days and Tues­days, 7pm; Sun­days, 6.30pm, Nine, NBN

Team Delta Goodrem with men­tor Ryan Ted­der, of One Repub­lic

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