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Seymour’s singing postie and daughter to deliver on The Voice

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Jordyn Grubisic
Jordyn Grubisic
Jordyn Grubisic is a senior journalist for the North Central Review primarily covering politics at all levels and sport with a particular interest in basketball. Since 2019 she has worked for several publications across Victoria including most recently at the Alexandra Standard and Yea Chronicle. She is always keen to hear from local community members about issues they face and has an interest in crime and court reporting.

Chris and Shanae’s auditions have aired since this article was published. Click here to read an updated article.

Seymour’s singing postman Chris Watson and his daughter Shanae will debut on Channel 7’s The Voice at 7pm Sunday.

Hoping to show Shanae to never give up singing, Mr Watson applied for The Voice knowing he ‘wasn’t marketable’.

“I only entered it realistically knowing I’m not marketable. I’m 53 years of age – what am I going to do? Go and sing in a pub that’s about it,” he said.

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“But I did it hoping there would be a break for my daughter.

“It was just to show my daughter no matter how many times you get knocked back, you just keeping getting up and having a go again.”

Shanae, 21, grew up listening to her father sing.

Whittlesea’s Chris Watson sang ‘Jessie’s Girl’ for his blind audition for The Voice, to air on Sunday.

Inspired by him, she joined Whittlesea Primary School’s choir and continued her passion through to Whittlesea Secondary College, singing in assemblies and productions.

She then began auditioning for other projects without success.

“I said to my dad at one stage ‘nup I don’t want to sing anymore’,” Shanae said.

“But then we did this and it brought back that spark.

“It was really inspiring to be honest to see dad perform, because I know he loves singing as well, so to see him go and do it really did just light that fire for me.

“To know he was doing it to show me not to give up like that meant even more to me. He’s a great inspiration.”

Mr Watson will perform ‘Jessie’s Girl’ by Rick Springfield in his blind audition, hoping to turn at least one of the four coach’s chairs.

This year Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Rita Ora and Jason Derulo are coaches on the show.

After hearing Mr Watson’s reason for auditioning and at the coaches request, producers allowed Shanae to audition without originally applying.

Inspired by her dad’s performance, Shanae Watson of Whittlesea receives the producer’s approval to audition for The Voice, singing Chandelier by Sia for her blind audition.

Shanae will perform ‘Chandelier’ by Sia for her audition.

Whittlesea has two other singers auditioning for The Voice this season.

Michaela Jayde, 35, comes from a family of singers where she was the backing vocalist for her successful songwriter brother.

While focusing on her family, her music career took a backseat as her husband’s night shifts as a firefighter made her role as a mother more prominent.

After 15 years of singing professionally, Ms Jayde had lost confidence in pursuing a music career and joined The Voice in a bid to reclaim her passion.

Tarryn Stokes, 40, was approached by Guy Sebastian’s wife Jules to demo for his song ‘Magic’ and featured on his 2009 track ‘Like It Like That’.

With a promising start to her music career, Ms Stokes made the difficult decision to step away from singing to prioritise family.

However, the break has taken a toll on her confidence and she sees The Voice as her last chance to pursue her dreams and overcome her fears.

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  1. Chris, what an inspiration, your beautiful spirit, joyful yet humble heart is to be admired. I think it’s the Vegemite!!
    It was a joy to witness both you and your daughter’s performance on the Voice.
    I’m a Vegemite devotee too.
    Trish x ( the little girl on the Vegemite jar and breakfast table in original Vegemite TV ad)

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