Music Throwback: Karise Eden On The Voice Australia “It’s A Man’s World”

Taking a little trip on the “way back machine” this morning – three years ago on The Voice Australia, Karise Eden kills it on “It’s A Man’s World.” Check out how quick all four judges hit the red button.

This was the first season of The Voice Australia and clearly, Karise went on to win for good reason.

Her debut studio album landed at the top of the Aria Charts and was certified double platinum.

Find more of her music on iTunes.

Singing Nun Winner of Italy’s THE VOICE Releases “Like A Virgin” As First Single

So, in what might have surprised many, singing nun Sister Cristina Scuccia won Italy’s version of THE VOICE this summer after she knocked the judges out with her soulful rendition of Alicia Keyes’ “No One.”

So, as the winner, Sister Cristina keeps the surprises coming by choosing Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” for her first single.

The 26-year-old told Catholic newspaper Avvenire about the choice:

“I chose it myself, without any desire to provoke or cause a scandal. By reading the text, without letting yourself be influenced by previous (interpretations), you discover it is a song about the ability of love to renew people, to redeem them from their past,” she added. “That’s how I wanted to interpret it. That’s why we transformed the pop-dance track it was into a romantic ballad a bit like Amos Lee, more like a secular prayer than a pop song.”

Her debut album, Sister Cristina, is set to be released on November 11th, with new interpretations of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know,” Coldplay’s “Fix You” and Alicia Keys’ “No One.”

Rock on, Sister. Rock on.

New music: StrikeForce “One Day At A Time”

The brainchild of Steen James, StrikeForce’s debut single “One Day At A Time” features vocals by Yianna Stavrou – featured on Season 1 of Australia’s edition of “The Voice”, and has collaborated on tracks with Fabian Gray alongside her own solo projects.

With StrikeForce set up as a ‘‘think tank of creatives” led by James,
future tracks will feature a variety of singers, writers & talent.

“One Day At A Time” originally started life with Australian producer Paul Wiltshire as a contemporary urban ballad, however the positive and uplifting lyrics and melodies offered more versatility & lent itself naturally to a “dance” vibe. In the hands of US based Producer/Remixer/DJ Mark Picchiotti, the song evolved into a feel good sing a long dance/pop anthem fusing elements of EDM & soulful house with gospel-tinged melodies.

The release also includes remixes by Jay-J, Club Junkies, JRMX and Pete Hammond.

Check out the official StrikeForce Facebook page.

World-wide release on November 18, 2013.  Check it out on iTunes.

(via press release)

Cher to mentor Blake Shelton’s THE VOICE team this season

Blake Shelton & Cher at the Season 4 finale [photo: NBC]

THE VOICE has nabbed a huge coup in having the one and only Cher participate in the reality talent show as the mentor for Blake Shelton’s team.  From Yahoo Music:

Blake Shelton has as big and brash a personality as Cher’s, so this pairing should be a fun one. It should also be quite emotional for Blake. Backstage at last season’s “Voice” finale, Blake surprisingly revealed to Reality Rocks: “I lost my dad a year and a half ago. And my dad’s favorite artist on earth, bar none, no question, was Cher. My dad worshipped Cher. I wish he could have seen tonight’s episode, because I would’ve been texting him saying, ‘Hey, I met Cher! I took a picture with Cher!’…She has no idea about any of that, but it was a real big deal to meet her…she’s just as viable and important to music today as she ever was.”

Cher’s appearances will begin during the Battle Rounds commencing October 14.


Ricky Martin – From EVITA to The Voice Australia

Ricky Martin to join The Voice Australia

Ricky Martin will be the new coach of The Voice Australia.

He replaces Keith Urban who transferred to American Idol. He joins Seal, Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem for Season 2.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Ricky Martin will join the Australian edition of The Voice as a coach for the music competition show’s second season.

The first season of the show on the Nine network became the country’s top-rated TV show. Martin replaces Keith Urban who left the show to take on his new role on American Idol.

Martin will join the Australian version of The Voice alongside coaches Seal, Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem for the 2013 season.

“Ricky Martin is one of the world’s biggest stars,” said Nine’s director of television, Michael Healy. “He brings huge experience to our panel of coaches, which he’ll pass on to our Australian Voice artists in 2013. Most of all, we think he’s the perfect addition.”