From Bowen to big time
VOICE CHAMP HITS NO. 1
FORMER Bowen singer Judah Kelly’s enduring popularity on The Voice in 2017 has finally been matched with his first No. 1 on the charts.
The 20- year- old winner of The Voice Australia was cheated out of a chart- topping debut on iTunes for his single Count on Me by superstar guest Niall Horan.
The former One Direction member maintained his claim on the summit with his second solo offer- ing, Slow Hands, over the weekend after deposing Jessica Mauboy on Friday morning.
But fans rallied behind Kelly yesterday, resulting in Count on Me swapping places with Slow Hands.
Kelly’s epic version of Leonard Cohen’s iconic Hallelujah has also maintained its presence in the Top 5.
This year’s Voice runner- up Hoseah Partsch is also enjoying a grand final boost for his debut single Paper Planes which rose to No. 3.
Kelly was confident he would reach the top of the iTunes charts despite doubting his prospects of winning The Voice almost all the way through the competition.
“A No. 1 debut would have been nice; we’ll keep working on it though,” he said just minutes before the song hit the top.
Despite fearing he would never make it past the blind auditions, the purity of Kelly’s voice kept him in.
He tackled one tough song after another and struck a resounding chord with the Voice audience, which saw all of the songs he performed during the live shows and fi- nals, including Prince’s Purple Rain and Climb Every Mountain, reach the top 50.
Kelly ( pictured) will spend the week finishing off songs for his debut album which is expected to be released on July 28.
He said he hadn’t met with his new bosses at Universal Music who have the option to release The Voice winner and any other artists they believe have hit potential.
The young artist said he believed the record label had an 18- month plan to launch his career.