THE VOICE AU­DI­TIONS

HAS KELLY ROW­LAND FOUND OUR NEXT SU­PER­STAR?

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SEANNA CRONIN

Ex­pect to hear some­thing star­tlingly new on The Voice this year. After six sea­sons, the re­al­ity singing com­pe­ti­tion will prove it’s not run­ning out of ex­cit­ing new ta­lent to show­case when it re­turns to our screens next week.

Chan­nel 9 has al­ready teased fans with a clip show­ing YouTube artist Sam Perry, who spe­cialises in live vo­cal looping.

View­ers will have to wait un­til his blind au­di­tion to see what he does and how it is re­ceived by the coaches.

“There are some big voices and peo­ple do­ing things with their voices,” re­turn­ing coach Kelly Row­land tells Play.

“Honestly, the ta­lent is even bet­ter than last year … I have the winner on my team.”

Join­ing Row­land, Delta Goodrem and Boy Ge­orge in the big red chairs is new coach Joe Jonas, who rose to fame as one third of pop rock band the Jonas Brothers. He made his Voice coach­ing de­but in Aus­tralia after as­sist­ing US Voice coach Adam Levine as a men­tor last year.

“I got a taste of it working with Adam but one thing I didn’t re­alise un­til I was do­ing it on my own out here is how emo­tional you get with the artists,” he says. “You get so pro­tec­tive of them.”

Jonas says he found some of the Aussie ta­lent “shock­ing”.

“Be­cause they’re over here, maybe they don’t re­alise how good they are,” he says.

“There were some heavy fights that hap­pened dur­ing the blinds (be­tween the coaches). I’d say there were two or three artists that ev­ery­body wanted.”

Row­land, an orig­i­nal mem­ber of R’n’B group Des­tiny’s Child, was em­braced by the Aus­tralian pub­lic in her Voice de­but last year when she guided 19-year-old Fasika Ayallew to the grand fi­nal.

She hopes to in­spire her new charges to broaden their hori­zons and step out of their com­fort zones, cit­ing her own ex­pe­ri­ence. “You always ask them to give it a try – that’s the way I ap­proach mu­sic,” she says.

“If I’m in the stu­dio with a new pro­ducer and it’s some­thing I’ve never done be­fore, I at least like to give it a try. I learned that with Des­tiny’s Child, even when we were like ‘I like that song but I’m not in love with it’ we still de­moed it. You never know if you’re go­ing to dis­cover a new sound. The first mix of Say My Name was 100 times faster than what ev­ery­body heard.”

Jonas de­scribes his coach­ing style as sup­port­ive but hon­est.

“There are mo­ments when I have to be tough with my artists ... we have re­ally hon­est con­ver­sa­tions,” he says. “I try to mo­ti­vate and push them, but I want them to have fun.”

The Voice pre­mieres on April 15 at 7.30pm on Chan­nel 9 con­tin­u­ing Mon­day and Tues­day

THERE WERE SOME HEAVY FIGHTS THAT HAP­PENED

Orig­i­nal mem­ber of Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland is back in 2018 as one of the coaches on The Voice.

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