By CASS MARRETT
It’s timely that part-time Queenstowner Eden Kavanagh would be releasing her debut single Freedom just a week after the government announced its plans to ‘‘reconnect New Zealand to the world.’’
‘‘Isn’t it amazing?’’ Kavanagh says.
‘‘I feel like it will really, hopefully resonate with listeners and the public and they will be able to enjoy the song and listen on a plane going to their loved ones.’’
Freedom, which comes out on streaming platforms today, was written during the most recent lockdown, and contemplates life moving on from Covid.
‘‘I wanted to write something from the perspective of when we finally hit Level 1 … what would be the emotional journey I’d go through?
“And what would I do with the regained freedom?
‘‘For me that would be reuniting with my loved ones.’’
Kavanagh, who split her time between Queenstown and Ireland growing up, has always been a performer, holding concerts for her loved ones in the kitchen and charging 50 cents on the door.
‘‘I was a hustler back then,’’ she laughs.
But since those days, she’s come a long way.
Fans of The Voice UK may recognise her from the 2019 season where she got through to the ‘blind’ auditions, placing her in the top 50 of about 30,000 contestants.
In the ‘blind auditions’, judges sit with their backs turned while the auditionee sings and turn around if they want the singer to go through to the next stage of the competition.
‘‘[It] was amazing that they even aired my audition – I didn’t get a chair turn [and] they only selected a few people really to air without a chair turn.’’
But the judges’ decision was controversial with fans rooting for Kavanagh both in New Zealand and the UK.
‘‘Feedback afterwards was just incredible, because I kind of lost hope in singing and stuff.
‘‘After that I went through a little bit of a downward spiral with the music, but seeing the the reaction of the public really kind of rebooted that love for music again [and] gave me some really awesome opportunities.’’
Kavanagh has performed alongside NZ artists such as Bic Runga, Robinson, and Zed and in December, supported Katchafire and Sons of Zion at Summer Sounds music festival in the Marlborough Sounds.
It was at Summer Sounds where she performed Freedom live for the first, and only, time so far.
Kavangh’s keen to write and release more of her own music and says she’s got several more songs to record.
She’s set up a fundraising page for people to follow her journey and help with recording costs bit.ly/3GocvgT
Freedom, out today on streaming platforms including Spotify