Talk about humble beginnings: when we asked church singer Hoseah Partsch what it was like being on Channel 9’s The Voice, he said it was ‘surreal’—and admitted it was the first time he’d even stayed in a hotel.
The gentle-hearted, big-voiced 17-year-old, raised in a working-class family of four in New Zealand, has been wowing audiences for weeks now with his effortless, soulful vocals. He turned the chairs of all four judges with his blind audition song, a cover of Alicia Keys’ Almost is Never Enough, and chose Boy George as his coach.
Hoseah told Laura and Duncan that he was initially leaning towards choosing Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland, but in the end felt drawn to George.
“I’ll be honest, I had Kelly in mind, but I definitely felt like George was the man for the job,” he said. “He’s just a person who knows his music, he’s very down to earth, I just love the man. He’s ‘my boy’ now. He’s so amazing, I’m so blessed to have him as a coach and to mentor me throughout the show.”
Hailing from a very musical family in New Zealand, Hoseah’s musical journey started in church and he has been open about his faith. Although he’s struggled academically, and grown up in underprivileged conditions, music has become his great passion.
“Growing up I fell more in love with music, and knew it was the thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” he says.
Hoseah describes himself as a “full reggae person“ who also loves gospel music, and has been around the music of Bob Marley for as long as he can remember. He said being on Team George has helped him to gain confidence in his voice, and to become “comfortable on the stage”.
He’s one of the final 10 singers set to compete on the third Live Show this Sunday, in which two contestants will be eliminated. The night will include a live appearance by Jennifer Hudson, who will perform her new single Remember Me.
Fans can also look forward to The Voice Finale live performances by Katy Perry and Niall Horan.
The ultimate winner of The Voice 2017 will win a cash prize of $100,000, and a Universal Music Australia recording contract.