Joe Topping ‘Does a Turn’ on The Voice

Joe Topping on The Voice

Like many musicians in 2020, Joe Topping found himself with more time on his hands than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Again, like quite a few of his peers, he took the opportunity to finally start teaching himself how to record and make videos at home to post online. However, what doesn’t happen quite so much is getting a call from a researcher at ITV suggesting he audition for their prime time talent show…

“Applying for The Voice is not something I ever thought I’d do, but seeing as I had no work, I figured I’d give it a go, not thinking I’d ever actually make it to the TV show,” says Joe. However, three auditions later (two by Zoom and one in London between lockdowns), he found himself playing to the back of four chairs sat on by Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones, Anne-Marie and will.i.am!

One extra bonus for Joe was the opportunity to play with a live band for the first time since the start of the pandemic, although he has been in the studio recording with Daniel J. Logan and played a couple of Christmas gigs with Lara Simpson that Oak Tree Music organised for him.

“Rehearsing and playing with the live band has been a treat … and they are of course top class musicians.”

As you’d expect, this series of The Voice isn’t immune to coronavirus restrictions, and so the audition was a little different, with Joe performing in a big, empty TV studio without an audience. Although this was a little nerve-wracking, the production team were brilliant at preparing him for it. “Everyone who works on the show is so nice and genuinely seems to want you to do well,” says Joe.

And it seems Joe’s performance was very well prepared too, as he impressed Olly Murs enough for him to turn his chair and have him on his team! Being able to celebrate this success with his wife and kids, who were backstage in the studio, was a particular highlight for Joe!

The next stop is the battle rounds, where he’ll be pitted against another of the singers on Olly’s team. We at Oak Tree Music wish him the best of luck and send good vibes! 🤞

Find out more about Joe here.

Watch Joe’s blind audition below.

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