Singing dad’s win has special meaning
It’s no wonder Michael Steedman got a little emotional singing Make You Feel My Love on live television.
Mr Steedman took out Heat 16 of Maori Television’s live karaoke show Homai Te Pakipaki on August 16.
‘‘It’s something my wife and I had talked about doing for years,’’ he says.
His wife died in May aged 42, after battling breast cancer for three years. After her death Mr Steedman was more determined than ever to tackle the things on his wish list.
People who want to try their luck on Homai Te Pakipaki just turn up to the TV studio on the day and audition.
‘‘The production staff are really clear in their instructions to you. And there’s a studio audience so everyone is there to listen to you sing, so it’s better than a karaoke bar in that sense.’’
Mr Steedman sang Adele’s version of the Bob Dylan love song. The lyrics include the line: You know there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do to make you feel my love.
‘‘I had no expectations, I just wanted to pick a good song and sing it as well as I could for my wife,’’ he says.
Viewers have to send a text to support their favour- ite singer and Mr Steedman was the clear winner on the night.
He will sing against 10 others in the semifinal on September 27 and would love to be voted through to the final, which will be held at the Logan Campbell Centre on October 4.
Mr Steedman won $1000 for winning his heat and the grand final prize is $20,000.
He comes from a family where singing is part of life and fondly recalls singing in a an all-male vocal group at Kaipara College.
‘‘Boyz II Men were popular then. We’d perform their songs in assembly and even dress like them in denim shirts and paisley ties.’’
Mr Steedman was a Maori language teacher at Sacred Heart for four years and now works in the science faculty at the University of Auckland.
I work with Maori and Pacific students to improve the university experience for them, with a focus on performance. I was a science student myself once.’’
He is a long-time member of Te Puru O Tamaki kapa haka group based at Orakei marae.
‘‘It’s something both my wife and I were involved in. It’s a whanau group in a lot of ways with people with different levels of experience. It’s a good opportunity for beginners to get experience in a family environment. I enjoy it because I get to be active and to sing.’’
His immediate focus is being a solo dad to his 8 and 14-year-old sons.
‘‘Me and my two boys are just adjusting to life now,’’ he says.
‘‘My wife was a really bright, vivacious person who loved us to bits. It’s been a real struggle.’’
Singer’s motivation: Michael Steedman sang on Homai Te Pakipaki for his late wife and has made it through to the semifinal.
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