A Marlborough singer who won a legion of fans across the world with a TV audition is set to end the year on a high note.
Blenheim girl Eden Kavanagh,26, wowed audiences with her blind audition on smash-hit British show The Voice but judges were less impressed.
Now the songstress is performing full time and has been booked as part of the New Year’s Eve line up at Picton’s popular New Year’s Eve party.
She will also be one of the supporting acts performing at the Summer Sounds Music festival with Bic Runga at the Queen Charlotte Tavern in Linkwater.
Being able to perform again is a big relief, says Eden, who gave up singing for a while after appearing on the hit talent quest.
“I was heartbroken. I’d put my heart and soul into it. I just wanted my mum and to come home and here felt like home,” she explains.
“I didn’t even want to sing for a while afterwards. I couldn’t.”
Born in Rangiora, Eden has divided her time between Ireland and New Zealand.
Back in Blenheim for 18 months, her confidence has returned and requests for bookings have been keeping her busy.
She has been lucky enough to pursue her singing dream full time after giving up her day job in the hospitality industry last month, she says.
“I’m rapt to be home and delighted to be doing New Year’s Eve in Picton. I remember being on the foreshore one year in the crowds; the vibe was great, and I knew I wanted to be the one singing one day.
The self-confessed ‘super perfectionist’ reveals that after lockdown people started looking to enjoy themselves.
“People are looking to have some fun now. I knew that after level one people were going to want to go out, have a good time and be entertained,” she says.
For the Whiteria graduate who has a BA in Performing Arts, it is the realisation of a lot of hard work.
Without the support of her family and friends she knows it would have been much harder.
“They have been amazing,” she says.
“I was a little hustler from a young age and when I was a kid, I used to create whole performances and, without telling my parents, gave tickets to the neighbours and charged 50 pence at the door.
“I don’t get nervous performing, it’s kind of like I have an alter ego and can literally walk out in front of 100,000 people no problem.
“It’s crazy as I’m so comfortable. I find it calming and think that comes from being well-rehearsed.”
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