He made a name for himself as the runner-up on the first season of The Voice South Africa and has since released the hits ‘Sparks’, ‘One Day’ and ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ as well as his incredible debut album ‘Silver Skies’. Now, the singer has been building up his name in the local music industry and this week, we chat to the star about the competition, his new music and what we can expect from him in the future.
Most people know you as the runner-up on The Voice South Africa, but your journey started way before then. Where does your story begin?
I started a band when I was around 17 years old and played the cover scene all over South Africa. We got a contract to play in Sun City where we were spotted by Brian McFadden from Westlife. He flew our band to Ireland and was our manager and my manager for a good 14 years. We travelled from Ireland to London, Nashville, New York , LA and Sydney. It all lead me back home to where my real adventure would begin.
You quickly became a fan-favourite on The Voice South Africa. Why do you think talent competitions like The Voice are so popular?
I think what people love is that it is Real. Its real singers with real stories. People are quick to spot if something isn’t authentic and a show like The Voice helps contestants figure out who they are and who they want to be.
You were on Bobby Van Jaarsveld’s team during the competition. What was the biggest lesson he taught you?
The biggest thing Bobby taught me was to be myself and more importantly to believe in myself. Oh, and to work hard. If you want to sing amongst the stars you need to give it your all.
‘Sparks’ was a massive debut single for you. What made that song the perfect introduction to you as an artist?
I still get so proud of how well Sparks did. When Denholm Harding and I spoke about how to produce the song, we heard some One Republic mixed with Ben Haenow and Denholm smashed it out the park. The song is catchy, radio-friendly and identifies with many who listen to it. I think the sound is exactly who I am as an artist and therefore the perfect way to introduce South Africa to my music.
Talk to us a bit more about ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’.
I love the song. It has those melodies that remind me of Ryan Tedder from One Republic and the story of young lovers wanting to break free from their small town and run as if they are the only lovers left alive. It tells a good story and it’s one of my favourite tracks off the album.
You recently became a dad as well! How is little Cody doing?
He is so cool, cute, serious, playful, amazing, cuddly and has pretty much has stolen both mine and my wife, Bella’s heart. Cody is growing up strong and healthy. We are sleep training him now which sucks but my world and view on everything in life has been forever changed by this little angel.
What do the next few months have in store for you?
I want my album to go platinum so I will be touring all over the country. Keep an eye out on my social media pages for more news.
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