KEEPING IT REAL
Karise Eden disappeared from the public eye after The Voice to become a mum but she’s back with a new album – and perspective
Karise Eden, the first winner of The Voice, has spoken frankly about her experience on the talent show. Ahead of her show at Twin Towns tomorrow, Eden offered advice for other young artists thinking about launching their careers on such a public platform.
“Remember that the show’s prime objective is high TV ratings, not making longterm music careers for the contestants,” she says.
“Once you’re off the show, you’re basically on your own so make sure you have a plan beyond the show.”
Eden, who was 20 when she won, says she was unprepared for the instant fame that followed and took a break from the music industry, but not from music.
“Even though I disappeared from the public eye, I kept working on my music. I found it much easier to write when I was living a normal life.”
Through becoming a mum to son Blayden and the entire “regrounding” process, Eden wrote Things I’ve Done and is set to bring the new album to the Coast.
Eden says becoming a mum helped her find peace and a purpose, wanting to cherish every moment with Blayden.
“I love getting up and giving him his milk and soaking up every single moment,’’ Eden says.
“Becoming a mother and going through childbirth, you realise how normal you are.
“It’s every way people describe it – incredible pain but when you hold your baby in your arms, it’s all worth it.
“It’s quite public about me having a troubled past, and I didn’t have the best relationship with my mum and never really have known my father.
“And I wasn’t expecting to be pregnant but to become a mother and to see the love I have for him has put life into perspective.”
She just spent time in Queensland with partner Jason and their son, whom she will take on tour every second week.
“It’s the best of both worlds,’’ Eden says.
“I remember the days when I was at Centrelink and doing a gig for a free meal.
“I definitely value where I am in my career now. I know a lot of people don’t make it.”
Karise Eden plays Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, tomorrow night
Singer Karise Eden will perform at Twin Towns.