Jeremy’s jive comes alive

2016-07-26 16:57
Jeremy Olivier is ready to take on the world after his journey on The Voice.

Jeremy Olivier is ready to take on the world after his journey on The Voice. (Gary van Dyk)

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When Jeremy Olivier strummed his first chord and sang his first note on South Africa’s version of The Voice, the world knew that this was a talent we were waiting for.

Throughout the competition he kept on impressing the judges, and public, and while he may not have won the competition the experience has motivated him to share his talent on the stage more often.

On Saturday 6 August he will be joining forces with one of his fellow Voice entrants, Robin Pieters, for an exciting show, The Journey, at the Baxter in Rondebosch. Then he has a show on his own at Die Boer in Durbanville before taking on a national tour.
While his face became well-known on The Voice there were many people who already knew his music that was getting airtime on a number of stations.

“That was one of the reasons that I decided to enter the competition,” he says.
“When I played one of my songs at a gig people would come up to me and tell me they heard it on the radio, then ask who does it. Most times they seemed surprised that it was me,” he laughs.

Looking back on his experiences on the television show he feels that it gave him insight into himself and the depth of talent that was in the country. “It was not just about working with my coach (Lira) but meeting the talents in our team, the talents in other teams and everyone who was involved who wanted only the best for you.

“It may have been a competition but the experience and advice gave you an insight into what you need to do to improve your career and take it further.
“For me it was getting to believe in who I really was and strengthening that belief.”

For the Baxter concerts he teams up with Robin Pieters who was with him in Team Lira. Did the collaboration have its start during the competition?

“Robin became a great friend. No, we all became family!” he says.

“Everybody in our team respected our talent and that is what brought us together and even though I had met Robin before, he was a backing singer at one of my concerts, this competition brought us closer together and we knew that we wanted to do a collaboration after the show.

“This concert at the Baxter is going to be magical as we tell our stories through song. Some of the favourites from the season, some of our original material and then there will also be some crowd pleasers as well.
“We just want to show the world The Voice was just a beginning – it has empowered us to take our talents to the world.”

There will be two performances of The Journey at the Baxter on Saturday 6 August starting at 16:00 and 20:00. Booking at Computicket.

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