One of Bundaberg's very own country music artists is about to take another step forward with her career when she appears on The Voice next Tuesday night.
Phoebe Jay will belt out a country song at her blind audition on the ninth season of The Voice in front of judges Delta Goodrem, Boy George, Kelly Rowland and Guy Sebastian.
She said the experience had been a whirlwind ever since she uploaded her audition tape to The Voice website.
“I initially uploaded my audition tape online and I was accepted to audition in Brisbane before making it to the Sydney blind auditions,” she said.
“That stage is unlike anything I have ever performed on, I was so excited and wanted them to open the doors quicker so I could get out and sing!”
A country girl at heart, Phoebe said she had spent years chasing the country music scene with her dad up and down the East Coast in search of her next gig or singing competition.
The family support doesn’t stop there, with her proud grandma selling Phoebe’s CDs at the local market.
Now, 18-year-old Phoebe is at the end of her home-schooling education and said it was her dream to make performing a full-time career.
While the Bundaberg musician has remained tight-lipped about the outcome of her blind audition, she said the experience was one she would never forget.
“I have been doing music for almost eight years now and this has definitely been such an amazing experience for me,” she said.
“I was so happy to have my Dad and Nanna with me at the blind auditions, my whole family have given me so much support and they are my biggest fans.”
Phoebe said she felt proud to be waving the flag for country music on The Voice stage.
“Country music doesn't often get to hang out on these types of shows,” she said.
“It makes me really proud to be a small little country that has been able to perform on a stage like this.”
Phoebe said she wanted to thank the Bundaberg community for continuing to follow her music journey over the years.
“Bundaberg has been so fantastic to me and the community regularly interact with me and support me through my social media pages,” she said.
“I hope they all enjoy my performance on The Voice on Tuesday night!”
This season of The Voice promises the highest level of talent in the history of the show, with the overall winner to receive a coveted recording contract with EMI Music along with $100,000 in prize money.
The show, which is in its ninth season, is set to feature dramatic innovations including “The Block” to raise the competitiveness to a new level.
During the blind auditions, each superstar coach will be allowed two blocks which will deny the other coaches the chance to pitch for the amazing voices they hear.
Other innovations include the introduction of The Playoffs and Showdowns throughout the season.
The Voice returns to Nine this Sunday at 7pm, with Phoebe's performance to air on episode 3 next Tuesday, 26 May.
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