At just 17, Xanthe Campbell auditioned for The Voice Australia never imagining she’d make it as far as the semi-finals.
Three months after finishing up on the Australian reality TV show, Xanthe is reaping the benefits of the exposure with weekly gigs in her hometown Canberra.
“Since The Voice I’ve been performing quite a lot,” Xanthe said.
“I sold out my first headline show at Gang Gang café in June, and I’ve been making music with a producer as well.
“Currently I’m working on a new EP with about seven songs … and I’m already pretty proud of it. I’m not sure when it will be released, but hopefully early next year.”
Xanthe said her EP was very emotional.
“It’s a deeper dive into my life and music that maybe some people aren’t aware of,” she said.
Although Xanthe is still at school in Year 12, she is majoring in music to help build her career while taking any opportunity to perform while studying.
Some of her biggest shows were held at Smith’s Alternative in the city and Gang Gang Café in Downer.
“August is my busiest month to date,” she said.
“I will be a guest performer at this year’s Dirrum Festival at Radford College on 6 August and a guest performer at TEDX Youth on 7 August.
“My biggest show is on 12 August at Transit Bar at 9 pm, along with supporting acts Robbie Dolan & Jayden Sierra, who were also on the cast of The Voice Australia this year with me.”
Xanthe said she would be supported by a full band and she couldn’t wait to perform.
The up-and-coming singer said The Voice had taught her how to be thrown in the deep end and grow.
“It was a huge learning experience and it was a very different environment than one I am normally in,” Xanthe said.
“I think there is a lot of pressure on yourself to be the best or to showcase your best voice, but it was great being on a show that is driven by you.
“It’s about your own talent and how you carry yourself, and I think that can be applied in day-to-day life as well.”
Xanthe said the reality show boosted her confidence and added depth to her versatility.
Xanthe said the music scene in Canberra was great but challenging, and she hopes to move to Melbourne in the future to grow as an artist and pursue a music career.
“I hope to some day perform in arenas and stadiums, and have a large fan-base,” Xanthe said.
“I would also love to do festivals and events.”
With a sold-out show, plenty of gigs and an EP on the way, Xanthe said she was keen to keep performing.
“I’ve had a great amount of support so far, and my family and friends always come to my all my gigs,” she said.
Xanthe’s advice to others who may consider auditioning for The Voice or pursuing a singing career was to stay authentic and just keep trying.
“Just because you have a platform and have been on TV, that doesn’t mean you can relax,” she said.
To find out more about Xanthe’s upcoming gigs, visit Xanthejcampbell.