Guildford girls have The Voice to impress Jessie JBy Jennifer Maxfield
April 17, 2012
TWO singers from Guildford have told of their delight at working with pop star Jessie J.
Pixie Highley, 18, and Indie Murton, 17, who live together in Condor Court, have been coached by the chart-topping artist as part of new BBC talent show, The Voice.
The pair made the last 40 contestants from around 30,000 hopefuls. The best friends, inspired by artists such as Katy Perry and Pink, went through seven stages of performances and interviews to secure their live, 'blind audition'.
Their performance in front of coaches Tom Jones, Jessie J, Will.i.am and Danny O’Donoghue was aired on Saturday (April 14).
The blind audition is key to the show’s format as the coaches listen to contenders without seeing them, and turn their chairs to signify whether they are interested in working with that artist. If more than one coach turns, the artist chooses who they want to work with.
All four judges turned within 30 seconds of the duo’s cover of Pink’s Perfect.
Pixie said: “I remember when Jessie turned around after 20 seconds and I just starting singing to her – I was just screaming at her. We hadn’t really prepared for what we’d do if they turned around.”
The pair were thrilled to be able to choose who they wanted to work with and selected Jessie J, who has had a number one hit with Price Tag.
“We always said we wanted Jessie,” said Indie. “The way we sing is quite in your face and like her style.
"We cover a lot of her songs. When we picked her, she got down on her knees and then hugged us. Jessie was such an amazing inspiration for us – I’m a better singer and performer for working with her.”
Jessie gave vocal coaching sessions to the aspiring stars and they described her as being “like a teacher” and having a strict but effective approach.
“She was hard on us for a reason,” added Pixie. “We needed to get the best out of her, which we did, and she was so hard because she wanted us to do something she was proud of.”
The duo were treated to dinner with the singer and her other chosen artists, away from the cameras at a venue in Chiswick.
This coming Saturday, viewers will see all the coaches whittling their teams down from 10 to five acts.
Pixie and Indie are both studying for a higher diploma in vocal performance at Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music and have sung together for two years.