To give the talent on The Voice SA a taste of what it’s like to record their own tracks and have their music made available for public release, Universal Music South Africa – who will also be giving the winner of The Voice SA a recording contract – released the first of two The Voice SA albums as well as the singles of the top thirteen contestants on Sunday night (15 May). Less than 48 hours after this release, both the album and the singles are dominating the official South African iTunes charts, and currently, The Voice SA talent has taken over the number one spot on both the album and the singles charts!
22-year old Richard Stirton from Cape Town quickly climbed all the way to the top ranking with his stirring version of the Simon & Garfunkel hit “Sounds of Silence”, with Gavin Edwards (37) following hot on his heels, now sitting at number 2 with his moving interpretation of Coldplay’s “Fix You”. Almur Marais (25), also affectionately known by fans as “Stilfontein”, has also made the Top 10 with his take of the Alanis Morissette classic “One Hand In My Pocket” , while blind singer Vernon Barnard (22) and Thembeka Mnguni (32) are swiftly moving through the Top 40.
Says Sipho Dlamini, Universal Music SA’s Managing Director, “We are thrilled to see how the public is responding to the talent from this competition as they take their first steps to building a future as a recording artist. As a label Universal Music South Africa is committed to nurturing and guiding them to a long and successful career.”
With less than a week to go until we find out who the winner of The Voice SA is, the race is on between the top eight talent to campaign for votes before voting lines close on Thursday, 19 May at 22:00. Herewith a breakdown of everyone’s voting details:
*In #TeamKaren the vote is between Almur Marais (25) from Stilfontein [voting no 17] or Thembeka Mnguni (32) from Durban [voting no 23].
*#TeamLira’s Top 2 are: Jeremy Olivier (40) from Cape Town [voting no 27] and Zoë Modiga (22) from Pietermaritzburg [voting no 32].
*In #TeamKahn the race is on between students Clemour Ngobeni (24) from Midrand [voting no 09] and Richard Stirton (22) from Cape Town [voting no 16].
*And in #TeamBobby voters have to choose between the 22-year old blind singer Vernon Barnard [voting no 06] and 37-year-old Gavin Edwards [voting no 02 ].
There will be a second album made available after the finale next week, which will feature tracks from the Top 8 finalists. All of these tracks will be available on iTunes, Apple Music or on Google Play. Visit mnet.tv/thevoice for more information and also remember to download The VoiceSA app on Android or iOS to vote and stay up to speed with the latest news about the show.