Pax­ton prom­ises to spoil fans at Kfm gig

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - LUKE FOLB

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.”

PIC­TURE: TRACEY ADAMS/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

Pax­ton Fielies takes part in Kfm Valen­tine’s Day shoot to re­mind ladies to love them­selves this Valen­tine’s Day.

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