The TV singing show “The Voice” is being run in different countries, right? You’ve all got your own national versions of it, I assume.
The votes still have to be counted, but the Australian version will be won tomorrow night, I’m quite sure, by a young woman from New South Wales named Karise Eden.
I can be as cynical about ‘reality’ shows as the next person, but the emergence of this girl via this particular TV show has made the last 10 years or so of reality TV worthwhile for me. Maybe she would have been found anyway. Either way, I’m just glad she’s made it.
You might benefit from a little bit of backstory before you hear her sing. Karise has been self-harming since she was around 11 years old and has lived in 20 different shelters or foster homes in that time (she’s now 19, I believe). She’s recently been in a more stable home, friends of the family, the older lady and gentleman you see in this video.
This is her Blind Audition for the show. For those unfamiliar with the format, the judges have their back to the singer and they hit a button to turn around if they like what they hear. As you’ll see, it didn’t take long
This is Karise Eden – The Voice.
This is a video from before The Voice. It’s unaccompanied and you’ll have to give it some time. This song builds.
She’s pretty raw in this, but I think you’ll see the talent.
If she keeps singing soul music with such conviction, I think I’ll probably buy every record she ever sells. She’s an absolute freight train.