By Shelby Brooks
LEONGATHA’S Janie Gordon has put South Gippsland on the map with a stunning performance on Channel Nine’s hit TV show, The Voice.
The 21-year-old nursing student’s haunting rendition of Eva Cassidy’s ‘Songbird’ in the blind audition blew all four judges away, turning Guy Sebastian, Delta Goodrem, Boy George and Kelly Rowland’s chairs.
“I was speechless,” Janie told the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times yesterday in an exclusive interview.
“In that last moment when Guy turned, you can hear it in my voice I almost lose it.”
Ultimately, Janie picked team Delta after much persuasion between the judges, all hoping to convince her to pick their team.
“I’ve always loved Delta,” Janie said.
“But I’ve always loved Guy as well and he said a few things that resonated with me.
“I was a bit torn between the two, but in the end I had to go with Delta. As soon as she turned, I got shivers all over my body.”
Janie started her musical journey in early high school at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College when she landed roles in musical productions at Leongatha Lyric Theatre and Wonthaggi Theatrical Group.
From there she went on to perform many gigs at local cafes and wineries, weddings and The Hills Are Alive festival.
“Being in a small country town, I think that works in your favour because a lot of people know everyone – ‘I had Janie Gordon sing at my wedding, she should sing at this’- so that really helped with my journey,” she said.
“I think living anywhere else I wouldn’t have had all those little opportunities so I’m really grateful because essentially they’re what prepared me for being on The Voice.”
As a young girl, Janie said she loved watching TV singing competitions like The Voice and X-Factor but never had the confidence to audition.
“This year I just thought why not!”
Not wanting to miss the opportunity, Janie flew to Sydney to audition in January.
“I wanted to wait until I knew my sound… I think finally I found my voice and who I wanted to be as an artist and that led me to think I’ll go for it.”
Fortunately, Janie’s mum, dad and one of her sisters were able to support her on the day.
“I don’t know what I what have done without them there,” Janie said.
Although Janie had sung her audition song at events in the past, nothing compared to the experience of The Voice.
“Immediately before you walk on is the most nerve-wracking,” she said.
“The first couple of lines I felt nervous but I kind of settled into it, but when the judges turn around there’s a whole other set of nerves.”
The last few rounds of The Voice are usually recorded live, so the show is still in the process of filming and eager supporters of Janie will have to wait and see how she progresses throughout the competition.
But it’s not just The Voice that Janie is focused on right now.
The multi-talented singer is completing her last six months of her nursing degree and has had work placements at The Alfred Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s been an experience being down at an acute hospital during such a crazy time,” she said.
“I never really wanted to study music… but a few friends inspired me to study nursing and I absolutely love it.
“My degree is almost over and The Voice is just starting so now is the time for me to give music a real go.”
Watch The Voice Australia on Channel Nine on Sunday, Monday and Tuesdays to continue following Janie’s journey or head to her Facebook page Janie Gordon Music.