She won - and found her own

Karise Eden be­came a house­hold name af­ter win­ning the in­au­gu­ral The Voice in 2012, and while it didn’t lead to global fame, she re­veals why the mu­sic hasn’t stopped

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - /how I Make It Work Adrienne Tam -

Af­ter I won The Voice seven years ago, I didn’t re­ally han­dle fame that well. It was def­i­nitely a shock to have an enor­mous amount of sup­port, and while I don’t re­mem­ber much about that night, I do re­mem­ber say­ing, “I want to thank ev­ery­body and my fans…” And I was like, Oh my good­ness, I have fans! I had all these fans overnight and it was fan­tas­tic.

But what comes with the ter­ri­tory is this other group of peo­ple that just want to slam you and say hor­ri­ble things on­line. The thing that I find hi­lar­i­ous, now that I look back, is I would most likely just up­per­cut some­one if they said those things to my face, you know what I mean? I’m a tough cookie, so I ac­tu­ally find it quite com­i­cal these days. But it def­i­nitely does screw with a per­son’s head for the first lit­tle while. You just have to be pre­pared for it – the good and the bad. It all comes in waves.

Back then, Seal [who was Eden’s coach on The Voice] gave me some ad­vice – stay in your lane. It’s be­come a bit of a mantra to me – stay in your lane, head down, bum up. You can still be a great, lov­ing per­son, but you need to fo­cus on your­self and you can keep push­ing for­ward.

It’s also im­por­tant to help oth­ers move for­ward. I’ve been a singing men­tor in the past but more so for fam­ily and friends. I’ve never done it pro­fes­sion­ally in any form within the in­dus­try, but I keep that stuff pretty close to my heart. I mean, I was never taught how to sing, ei­ther, so I wouldn’t know how to teach some­one how to sing – just open your mouth and go “Ah­hhh!”

In the years since win­ning The Voice, I’ve re­leased three al­bums and trav­elled the world. I’ve had a baby [son Blay­den, four] and bought a prop­erty. It’s just been a re­ally crazy ex­pe­ri­ence.

The mu­sic hasn’t stopped. I have had mo­ments where I’ve thought I would re­ally love some rou­tine and struc­ture, es­pe­cially now be­ing a mum. Like, could I go and work at Coles for the rest of my life? But then I know the an­swer is def­i­nitely not. I would get so bored and fu­ri­ous, so

I do need the mu­sic in my life.

When I am singing in front of a crowd, I still get ner­vous – but there’s this lit­tle thing called al­co­hol that I like to have at least one or two glasses of.

I think the nerves are nor­mal. There would be a prob­lem if you weren’t ner­vous, to be hon­est. But when I am on stage, it’s like, fi­nally, ev­ery­thing just stops. There’s all this noise in your head ev­ery sin­gle day – there are those in­se­cure days where you walk around go­ing, “Oh, some­one is look­ing at my hair” and you’re feel­ing judged about this or that – but then as soon as I get on stage, I am to­tally in that mo­ment. I am com­pletely happy. When I’m up there, I think, “I’ve got this.”

I can’t re­ally pin­point in which di­rec­tion my mu­sic is go­ing to go, but I do know that I am go­ing to keep do­ing it. I’m not go­ing to stop. You’ll keep hear­ing from me.

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