PMB boys need your vote on ‘Voice SA’

2016-05-11 06:00
PHOTO: m-net Vote for Austin Lurring to keep him in ‘The Voice SA’.

PHOTO: m-net Vote for Austin Lurring to keep him in ‘The Voice SA’.

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JONO GRAYSON

WITH his guitar in hand and crystal clear voice, Pietermaritzburg’s Jono Grayson wowed the judges and audiences of The Voice SA making a name for himself on Karen Zoid’s team.

“I’ve always loved music growing up, but I honestly started taking it seriously when I entered the talent shows at my school. Then I joined the school band and it just went from there.

“Michael Bublé was the artist that got me into singing. I loved listening to his music and from that I wanted to pursue my music,” said Grayson.

He said after the talent shows at school he knew that music was something that he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

“I started writing my own music and sending it to radio stations and they starting playing my stuff and then it just carried on from there,” he said.

The St Charles College matriculant is studying sound engineering and music production at Cape Audio College in Cape Town, where he has been living for two years. His sound, an acoustic mix of folk, R&B and pop, has been a hit on the show.

Grayson said he always wanted to enter the competition since watching the American shows and grabbed the opportunity when it was brought to South Africa.

“I was excited and nervous but just keen to get the opportunity to show my music to South Africa. It’s been an amazing journey so far and I hope I can continue.

“It’s been an amazing experience that I will never forget. I’ve had the privilege of meeting amazing singers, becoming friends with them and learning from them too. It’s been a privilege to perform for South Africa. It means a lot that people will use their own money and time to vote for me and I appreciate all the support, and I’m super thankful for the belief they have had in me,” said Grayson.

To vote via SMS for Lurring text 01 to 33692. Vote for free up to 100 times on the website and again up to 100 times on the mobile site. Download the WeChat app on your smartphone, add ID mnettv and vote up to 100 times for free.

To vote via SMS for Grayson text 18 to 33692. Vote for free up to 100 times on the website and again up to 100 times on the mobile site. Download the WeChat app on your smartphone, add ID mnettv and vote up to 100 times for free.

AUSTIN LURRING

INSPIRED by the great Michael Jackson, Austin Lurring from Pietermaritzburg has been setting the stage on fire with his musical performances on The Voice SA and needs your votes to keep him in the competition.

He matriculated from Carter High School and currently studies musical performance at AFDA Durban North. With his suave personality and outstanding voice he impressed the judges in the audition rounds and was saved by Bobby van Jaarsveld during the battle rounds.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever he said he has an open mind when it comes to music and has been inspired over the years by many of his favourite artists across all genres of music.

Lurring’s personal sound is a blend of modern day soul, R&B fused with hip-hop and pop.

“I knew I was passionate about music when I realised it is the only job I would be completely happy make a living from. I was obsessed with singing, even as a toddler, I would even sing Billy Wood songs,” he said.

Lurring entered The Voice SA most importantly for the exposure on a big platform that is broadcast live.

“I felt nervous, but didn’t put too much weight on it and just gave it my best. It was the most pivotal moment in my life at the time when I got the call for the blind auditions, which were amazing since I got to perform with a professional band and on an national TV show.”

He said his experience on the show has been intense, but an amazing, wonderful experience.

“It feels slightly weird because you’re very vulnerable to the public watching, but at the same time I feel honoured, humbled and grateful. The response from the public has been positive and supportive. My home town in particular has been showing me so much love, from friends and family to the fans who watch the show,” said Lurring.

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