FLYING Pietermaritzburg’s flag high, Eden Myrrh was chosen by Kahn Morbee on the first season of The Voice SA. Born in Pietermaritzburg, Myrrh attended Maritzburg Christian School from Grade R to Grade 9 and then matriculated from Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High in 2009. Speaking to Maritzburg Fever Myrrh said she began playing classical piano at the age of six and continued throughout her school life.“After my gap year travelling and performing with YWAM [Youth With A Mission], I went studied and did an access certificate in jazz piano. I focused on my piano because vocals had always come more naturally for me. I was in several choirs and chamber choirs throughout school and took part in many eisteddfods, I also sang in church from a young age.”Myrrh said her musical identity developed when she left school. “My travelling experiences opened my ears and eyes. In the past few years I’ve garnered inspiration from quite a few artists, all of whom I’d like to call my biggest musical influences,” she said. For Myrrh music as a career was never an option, let alone a thought although it was a big part of her life, but she describes it as something she “couldn’t shake”. “It was a moment of realisation while walking home from the bus stop after playing at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. The realisation that there will always be people to appreciate me, and that the world needs me to pursue my dream, however deeply it was hidden before. It was the first time I had seen people sing to my songs,” said Myrrh.She has performed at most of the venues in Pietermaritzburg and became a member of Music In The Hills. When asked what made her choose The Voice, Myrrh said the competition has a unique outlook and appreciates things that make a person different and celebrates artistry. “It isn’t cookie-cutter and I’ve spent a long time trying to develop myself as an individual,” she said.Myrrh described her sound as “retro future soul”. Retro because it includes elements from the eighties and nineties, which has influenced her a lot, future as it has some elements from the future and soul because it is essentially soul music. “I’d like to think I have a different sound to offer not only South Africa, but the world. Kahn hit it on the head when he said that I tell stories with my voice because that has always been a dream of mine - to tell stories with my music. “For me, each instrument and the way it is arranged tell a story that I would love people to connect with. I also think that wanting to move people with words and sounds rather than my body, in today’s world, makes me unique,” said Myrrh. She said her audition on The Voice SA was nerve- wracking, however, the coaches were positive and encouraging. On choosing Morbee as her mentor, Myrrh said for her he was the most obvious choice.“He is a pure creative and in my eyes, a great pioneer in terms of finding and pursuing a different sound.” Myrrh said she is looking forward to her journey on The Voice SA and cannot wait to learn more and develop as an artist. “This is for us, this is about us, and this is not just about me and I want to use this experience, this journey, as a platform to encourage others that there is something more, and that hard work gets you there,” she said. Myrrh lives in Cape Town and is completing her final year of a BCom marketing management degree at Varsity College and plans to work towards her MBA. “The next five years will hopefully see me writing my book, somehow becoming an expert in social culture, speaking out against human trafficking and touring, using my music to touch people’s lives, as well as mentoring and becoming a better producer. I dream of becoming something that South Africa is proud to export.” To follow Myrrh’s journey watch The Voice SA on Sunday at 5.30pm on M-Net.