The Voice has announced its celebrity mentors for this year battle rounds.
Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic frontman and songwriter for Beyonce, will team up with Delta Goodrem.
Jessica Mauboy will join with Ricky Martin. Ben Lee partners with Team Joel. And Sneaky Sound System singer, Connie Mitchell joins with Seal.
Jessica Mauboy – Team Ricky
Singer, songwriter and actress Jessica Mauboy began her music career as the winner of Australian Idol in 2006 and has gone on to become one of Australia’s most successful female artists. She has released a number of multi-platinum singles and amassed over 1.7 million units in record sales. Mauboy has also received numerous awards – including two ARIA Awards, an MTV Australia Award, an APRA Award, seven Deadly Awards and a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award – and was named Northern Territory Young Australian of the Year for 2012.
In 2010, she made her acting debut in Bran Nue Dae and followed up in 2012 with her Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) award-winning role in The Sapphires. Mauboy has performed with international superstars Beyoncé, Flo Rida and Chris Brown and was invited to perform for Oprah Winfrey and President Barack Obama in 2011.
Ben Lee – Team Joel
Ben Lee has been a working musician for over half of his lifetime. In 2005, his album Awake Is The New Sleep featured the smash hit Catch My Disease and garnered four ARIA Awards. The album went double platinum in Australia, the single became the first independently released number one radio song in Australian history, and also went Top 10 in Canada, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and Top 20 in the United States.
On April 23 he will release his new album Ayahuasca: Welcome To The Work, “a sonic exploration of the consciousness-expanding jungle medicine”.
Connie Mitchell – Team Seal
Connie Mitchell, or “Miss Connie”, is the spectacular singer and co-songwriter for Australian electronic-pop powerhouse Sneaky Sound System. With Black Angus, her partner in Sneaky Sound System, she has been creating beautiful music since 2004. Sneaky Sound System has received 14 ARIA Award nominations (winner of two), four APRA Award nominations, won the MTV Independent Spirit Award, and were finalists in the 2012 International DJ Awards Live Performance category.
Ryan Tedder – Team Delta
Ryan Tedder is a Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter and producer. He is best known as the front man of the pop-rock band OneRepublic, whose hit Apologise went triple platinum in the US and was a major hit internationally, reaching number one in 16 countries including the US, Australia, Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, Turkey and the Netherlands.
Tedder has also enjoyed a successful solo career as a producer and songwriter for artists such as Beyoncé, Adele, Jordin Sparks, Paul Oakenfold, Far East Movement and Leona Lewis, for whom he wrote Bleeding Love which went to number one in 34 countries including the US, UK and Australia. He has received four Grammy nominations, two for Beyoncé’s Halo, one for Bleeding Love, and one for OneRepublic’s single, Apologise.
Each mentor will collaborate with their coach to develop 14 selected artists over the next stage of the vocal competition. Both coach and mentor will provide individual training to each artist, breaking down their song selection, sharing performance advice and expertise, plus the highs and lows of their own careers, in preparation for the Battle Rounds.
In the Battle Rounds each coach will pit two team members against each other to sing the same song in front of a studio audience. After their performances the coach must choose which one advances to the next stage of the competition.
The Voice is a co-production between SHINE Australia and Talpa Productions. The Australian series of The Voice is filmed at Fox Studios in Sydney.
The Voice will return to Australian screens on Channel Nine after Easter