Paxton promises to spoil fans at Kfm gig
SOUTH Africa’s vocal sweetheart, Paxton Fielies, continues to win hearts after winning the 2017 Idols SA crown.
The 17-year-old singer is set to entertain local fans at the 2018 Huawei KDay on March 3.
Fielies will share the stage at Meerendal Wine Estate with Mi Casa, AKA, Freshlyground, Jimmy Nevis and Voice SA winner Craig Lucas, among others.
“I am very excited to perform there. I’ve never been to a KDay so it will be my first time going to one. I’m performing as well so there’s a lot of pressure on me.
“I’m amazed at the line-up but also intimidated because these are established artists and to share a stage with them is amazing.”
The Bishop Lavis singer promised to entertain with familiar songs, including those that first brought her attention during her Idols run.
“I would like to be diverse and I want to do some of my Idols covers and some new covers.
“I’m also looking to perform Smother with Craig Lucas.
“This is my time to show people who I am as an artist and to show what my vision is and prove what I can do.”
Over the past few months, Fielies’s life has been a whirlwind of fame, performances and non-stop recordings, no easy feat for a teenager with no previous professional experience.
Since beating Mthokozisi Ndaba in the reality TV competition in November, she’s been performing across the country and developing her own unique style of music.
Fielies said the transition has been challenging, but said she was finding her feet in the music industry.
“I had never done gigs or performed in front of a live audience. I only did that at church but it’s not the same. Performing on Idols gave me the experience of big crowds and prepared me for doing shows.”
Fielies won the Idols contest when she was in Grade 11 at the Belhar High School.
While she made the decision not to return to complete her matric year, she said education was “very important” to her, adding that she had every intention of completing her schooling and of studying further.
“My schooling has been put on hold for now until I figure out what’s best for me and we’re looking at solutions to work around my busy year. I would like to look at correspondence online learning.
“I definitely want to study music because I don’t just want to be a singer. I want to be able to produce music, write and direct people and to be able to make music myself,” she said.
Until then, she has a slew of performances to prepare for, including an invite to perform in Sweden for Queen Silvia.
“In Sweden I need to network and see what we can do to break into the international scene.
“My ultimate goal is to make it internationally and my agent says it takes two to three years to do so, but I’m willing to work hard and try to make it this year.”
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