Burpengary singer Jediael Isaacs has made it through the blind auditions in Channel 7 reality TV show The Voice.
The 18-year-old says it was a dream come true when all four coaches turned their chairs to indicate they’d like to work with her as she progresses through the program.
First to turn after Jediael’s performance of Wonder by Shawn Mendes was British singer-songwriter Rita Ora, followed by season one winner Guy Sebastian, Caboolture State High School alumni Keith Urban and then season four runner-up Jessica Mauboy.
All were full of praise for her performance.
“It’s beautiful to watch someone who’s 18 exploring their voice,” Sebastian said.
“You crushed the chorus.”
Jediael says watching her performance when the audition went to air this week was an eye-opener.
“It was such a surreal moment watching it back – I didn’t get to see what the coaches said after I left (the stage),” she says.
“I was just singing and having fun and forgot the chairs have to turn - I wasn’t sure what to expect.”
Jediael, who graduated from Charlotte Mason College at Kallangur two years ago, says she has always wanted to perform.
“Singing’s what I have always wanted to do – my parents knew that and put me in piano and singing lessons.
“I’ve not done that many gigs, but I sing at church.”
She says she put a lot of thought into which coach she would like to work with if she was successful.
“The choice (of coach) was a really difficult decision,” Jediael says.
“I spent quite a bit of time thinking about it before I had my blind audition.”
In the end, Urban won her over, telling Jediael she needed honest feedback.
“There are so many people around who are naturally talented and surrounded by sycophantic people who say everything they do is amazing,” Urban said.
“We need people around us who say ‘this really needs work’ and they are the most important people.
“You have a God-given talent and a beautiful voice.”
Jediael says she had no idea about their shared Moreton Bay Region connection.
“I told (the judges) I was from Burpengary and Keith said he used to play at the Burpengary Tavern,” she laughs.
“I felt like Keith has been in this industry and knows lots of people (and) I love a little bit of blatant honesty.”
“The Voice is such an amazing experience - I’m really excited to see where it will take me.
“Hopefully one day along the lines of getting some more music out.”
Watch Jediael’s next performance on The Voice in Episode 9, which airs on Channel 7 on August 24 at 7.30pm.
Catch up on her first performance here.
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