Durban musician ready to ‘rock and roll’

2014-02-27 00:00

DURBAN musician Chloe Clark will be off to Sun City to compete in the second round of the annual South African pop reality series Idols.

Hosted at the Playhouse, Durban yesterday with Durban 2012 Idols winner Khaya Mthethwa giving the hopefuls support, Clark, a member of the band Take Five, got the nod and the coveted golden ticket after singing Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream while accompanying herself on the piano.

“I just gave them a snippet of my strengths and sang a portion of the song. I didn’t want to be too revealing of my talents and want them to hear more,” said the 25-year-old Musgrave resident.

Haylea Hounsom (27), another member of Take Five, was one of the many who auditioned and were not so lucky.

Nonetheless she wished her friend well.

“Obviously I would have liked to have progressed but it is great that one of our members has progressed. I now have our shows to focus on over the next few days and then in August I will be involved in the stage production of Sweeney Todd, which is really exciting,” said Hounsom.

Clark said she has been in and out of bands since the age of 13. She met Hounsom and the other three members of Take Five while performing at the Dolphins by Starlight talent evening at the uShaka Marine World in December 2012.

“I am an instrumentalist and song writer and I am busy recording my own album. It is harder than what most people believe and we have spent several months just focused on one song trying to get the sound just right. It is all orginal content,” said Clark.

She said her inspiration comes from her friends, their lives and her experiences.

“It all comes from heartbreak,” she quipped.

Drawing inspiration from Kimbra, Regina Spektor and Diana Kroll, the former Treverton College pupil studied a degree in jazz at UKZN, majoring in jazz voice, jazz piano and music education.

“I currently teach music at five schools including St Mary’s DSG and Crawford College North Coast where I work with high school choirs and teach music to the pre-schoolers.

“I have always been in music. If I don’t win this competition then I will be grateful for the exposure and the opportunity to perform nationally but if I win, well … Rock ’n’ Roll.”

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