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
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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