I usually only watch The Voice Australia for the "Blind Auditions". However this time round (Series 3) I got rather attached to two of the competitors, Anja Nissen and Sabrina Batshon, which kept me watching the series right up to the finale.
Anja knocked out all other contestants and became the 2014 winner of the The Voice, Australia. The finale had me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, in the hopes of her winning.
If you have ever heard Anja sing, you will undoubtedly understand why she is said to have the voice of an angel.
After winning the show, Anja became signed to the will.i.am Music Group. She lists her influences as Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin,Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.
On 1st August 2014 Anja released the self-titled debut album released through Universal Music Australia. The album consists of covers of songs performed on The Voice, as well as four new covers.
After reading reviews about the album it would seem it was a bit of a flop. However I wonder if that was partly due to lack of promotion as I had no idea the CD had been released until I stumbled upon it at the Waiuku Library. All bad reviews aside, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the wonders that is Anja’s voice. Yes the songs are covers, however they are still beautifully sung and are mesmerizing to listen to.
You can find the CD on the Auckland Libraries website here
Here is a sample of her beautiful voice.