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Candice Skjonnemand will help Gold Coast­ers get into the Christ­mas spirit at the an­nual Surfers Par­adise Car­ols on the Beach event

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Lo­cal artist Candice Skjonnemand will help spread the Christ­mas cheer in a quintessen­tially Gold Coast way this week­end. The for­mer The Voice Aus­tralia star is part of the line-up for the an­nual Car­ols on the Beach event at Surfers Par­adise.

Per­form­ing clas­sics like Oh Holy Night, Win­ter Won­der­land and Santa Clause is Com­ing to Town, Candice says she cher­ishes the magic of the fes­tive sea­son.

“The ex­cite­ment of peo­ple ev­ery­where is my favourite thing – every­body seems so full of en­ergy at Christ­mas time,” she says.

“Have Your­self A Merry Lit­tle Christ­mas would have to be my favourite carol be­cause it is such a beau­ti­ful song.”

Candice, a singer­song­writer and mu­sic pro­ducer, fea­tured on The Voice this year as a mem­ber of Team Kylie.

On Sun­day, she will be joined by Par­adise Kids Choir, Rachael Beck, Maske, Fi­a­gro and spe­cial guest host Jay Laga’aia for the beach­side Christ­mas spec­tac­u­lar.

“Com­bin­ing our city’s best as­set – the beach – with our best qual­i­ties – en­ter­tain­ment, cel­e­bra­tion and tourism of Surfers Par­adise – it’s sure to be the most ‘Gold Coast’ Christ­mas event,” says Candice.

“I’m ex­cited – I’m yet to sing on a beach, so I can tick that off the list!”

Re­flect­ing on a busy year that has just passed, Candice says she learnt a lot from her time on The Voice. She says hav­ing the chance to be men­tored by Kylie Minogue was “a gift and an hon­our”.

“I en­joyed the plat­form it gave me, meet­ing the other con­tes­tants and work­ing with in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cians, wardrobe stylists and hair and make-up artists,” she says.

Candice re­leased her lat­est EP Be­com­ing an Artist in Oc­to­ber and hopes to start record­ing her de­but al­bum in Jan­uary. Candice Skjonnemand, Car­ols on the Beach, Surfers Par­adise, Sun­day.

Pic­ture: GLENN HAMP­SON

Candice Skjonnemand re­lax­ing at home on the Gold Coast.

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