12-year-old Janaki Easwar stuns judges in The Voice

By Our Reporter
Janaki Easwar at the blind auditions The Voice. Pic supplied by 7Publicity

The Voice’s youngest ever competitor, 12-year-old Janaki Easwar, stunned the coaches with her mesmerising voice, leaving her newly selected coach Jessica Mauboy in tears.

Melbourne-based Janaki sang Billie Eilish’s Lovely on Monday night and, in her own words, said she added a classical Indian twist.

Intrigued, the judges asked her to sing a classical Indian song which the 12-year-old humbly obliged. The 12-year old’s powerful performance of a piece of the Indian classical music blew the coaches away with a second standing ovation and left Jessica in tears.

When judge Keith Urban asked the meaning of her name, Janaki said it meant ‘Daughter of God’ in Hindu, with the coaches agreeing it made sense alongside her heavenly voice.

Judge Rita Ora remarked, “I don’t think you have any idea how good you actually are.”

A completely mesmerised Jessica said, “I didn’t realise how much existed inside of me, you have that power too and I feel that. I would love to hold your hand and be your coach.” She was even more elated as Janaki chose to be a part of her team.

On Twitter, fans praised the young girl for her “amazing singing” at such a young age. “As incredible and English as in English as well,” one wrote.

Janaki was introduced to various musical instruments and Classical music at the age of 5 and has grown up listening to all different genres of music. Picking up her nylon stringed classical guitar, she started writing songs during 2020 lockdown, according to Tripple j.

Her debut single, “Clown” with deep and profound lyrics and delicate vocal harmonies is about masking everything you are going through in order to help someone else.

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