Johannesburg – Coach Kahn Morbee was a bit late to the party in selecting talent.
But once he got in it, there was no stopping him. His team is a group of eclectic singers and each one has a unique quality to their singing.
Prime, a musical theatre actor from Durban, is chasing his dreams in tribute to his dad, a musician whom he lost in December 2014. His emotionally-charged performance and deep bass had all four the coaches cheering and begging him to join their teams. A tearful Prime then picked Kahn.
Clemour describes his unique style as a “mashup of electro-blues". He opted for coach Kahn, because he turned first and loved the soulful texture of his voice.
Classically trained performer, Johan, started singing opera at the age of 9. He bravely arrived at the Blind auditions in the hopes of wowing the audience with an operatic song choice. It worked.
Eden is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter and music producer. While working on her music dreams, she is also studying for her BComm in Marketing, which she believes will stand her in good stead in the tough music industry.
Zé used to be part of a harp and vocal duo called “Lu Flur" which created unique adult contemporary filmesque type music and even recorded an EP that received international acclaim. She is also a part-time singer and songwriter.
Richard has been gigging for a year, has performed in Barnyard shows and is one of the singing waiters at Cape Town’s famous Stardust restaurant.
Michelle calls herself “the granny of the competition”, but is always up for a challenge. She illustrated this graciously by singing the Afrikaans classic Jantjie at the Blind auditions, even though she’s English speaking. She performed cabaret and toured with an act called “The Duo” for many years.
Francis has an impressive resume which includes being the lead vocalist of his varsity’s jazz band, performances at the 2010 World Cup Fan Park, singing in the South African Youth Choir and winning a singing competition in Italy.
Justin just qualified as a teacher at the University of Johannesburg and is set to teach English. He is a lifelong chorister himself, he also hopes to become the choirmaster at the school where he’ll be teaching.
Lara decided to take a gap year after finishing school to do what she loves most: music. She started playing the violin at the age of 5, then moved onto mastering the guitar, piano and folk guitar and dropped her first EP called “Illuminate” in 2014.
With his band, ShenFM, Shen from Cape Town tours extensively - from Dubai to Dublin, Namibia to the USA, and all over South Africa. Here at home, he also runs The Modern Rockstar Academy, which teaches children from disadvantaged communities how to empower themselves through music.
Jade believes that it takes hard work, dedication, humbleness and a fighting spirit to succeed in the music industry. She learnt all of this by doing the martial arts of Taekwondo for ten years. Jade, who is a full-time professional musician who mostly does cabaret and often performs at Montecasino.
After a serious car crash James turned his life around and discovered the joy of music. He is now a full-time musician, playing in local bars, restaurants, and even weddings. Coach Kahn thought that James' gruff voice would be a great asset to his team and turned his chair around to take him to the next level.
Chloe is a born entertainer who obtained a BA Mus (Hons) degree at the University of KZN in Jazz and Jazz Piano. She is a choir mistress, does vocal training and regularly performs in all kinds of music shows. For her Blind Audition gave a charming jazz interpretation of Beyonce’s Single Ladies.
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