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

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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.

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