Paul / Amber’s voice still shines

Columnist MARCUS PAUL celebrates the effort of Canberran Amber Nichols, heavily pregnant and battling her way to the final 12 contestants in the top-rating, TV talent show “The Voice”.

Canberra’s Amber Nichols… “It's just amazing, I can't thank everyone enough,”

Canberra’s Amber Nichols… “It’s just amazing, I can’t thank everyone enough,”

AMBER Nichols is the name on everyone’s lips in the capital again this week, or should that be the “voice” in everyone’s ears, as she escaped elimination from “The Voice” at the weekend.

This beautiful 32-year-old mum and mum-to-be from Franklin has been singing her heart out on one of our most watched television shows this year and Sunday’s performance sealed her popularity with broader Australia.

Heavily pregnant with a baby due early next month, Amber confirmed she had been helped by coach Jessie J who had researched some singing tips for pregnant women.

“It’s a diaphragm issue for sure – there’s a lot of pressure there!” says Amber. Despite that, international super­star judge Ricky Martin rated her  performance this week as “her best yet”.

“It’s just amazing, I can’t thank everyone enough,” she says.

To say she’s a little out of her comfort zone is an understatement.

Amber collapsed from nerves when auditioning at Christmas for “The Voice” producers. She says she forgot to breathe, giggled and admits it was the most daunting, yet exciting thing she’s ever done.

Fast forward a few months and the phone call arrived asking her to be on the current series. There was just one slight issue. Amber was pregnant and feared producers wouldn’t want her. “Wow! Our first ‘Voice’ baby!” was the reply, so this talented, softly-spoken Canberran need not have worried.

Amber chose UK singer Jessie J as her mentor and weeks later she is now in the final 12 of the competition, the second oldest, and the only contestant in her “condition”.

Yes, Amber’s due date is fast approaching, and bub number two for her family is due early September. This could make things a little tricky should Amber progress to the grand final with the chance of winning a lucrative recording contract.

“It’s okay, I’m happy just to be here! And if I get that far we’ll just deal with it as it comes,” she says, in a tone which belies her inner anxieties.

The 2013 ACT Pop Artist of the Year has always wanted, a much larger audience for her music, and she’s now getting it.

Amber has had the privilege of singing for peacekeeping troops in East Timor along with charity performances for Relay For Life, Lifeline, Camp Quality and more. She also has an album out called “Oh My Lullaby” with original songs.

Amber’s given a great deal to our Canberra community, so let’s all now give her our support, vote and help Amber live her dream, as she believes the best way to be a good role model to her baby son Charlie is not to give up.

To keep Amber in the competition, download the voting app at thevoice.com.au

MARCUS PAUL is the drive announcer on 2CC, weekdays 3pm-6pm.

 

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