Mahalia Barnes is a fan of Tassie and recalls her many visits here as backup singer with her dad Jimmy. The fresh produce and natural beauty of Tassie are two attractions that stand out for her and she will be hoping to introduce her singing partner and fellow voice contestant Prinnie Stevens, a self-confessed newbie when it comes to Tassie, to a dinner out during their tour.

You may recall the two girls, and firm friends, being pitched together in a gladiatorial face off on ‘The Voice’. This experience the girls tell me was surreal and although singing their hearts out to win, the girls cemented their friendship even more to the extent they would consider being put in the ring together a blessing in disguise because although the girls are friends they had not considered recording or touring together, which is what has eventuated from their appearance on ‘The Voice’.

Prinnie is what is known in the industry as the triple threat and more than that even says Mahalia. Prinnie has been a singer and dancer since age 4 and once performed in John Paul young’s ‘Love is in the Air’ video, while Mahalia admits to not being a great dancer she can certainly as the saying goes ‘nail’ a song. Prinnie agrees.

The ladies have recorded an album together and are touring the country with their beautifully different, but complimentary voices. Their styles comprise Prinnie‘s pop and R & B and Mahalia’s bluesy rock.

It’s clear to see the girls have the utmost respect for each other and are grateful for the opportunity being on the voice gave them to decide to collaborate on this album and tour. The advantages of collaboration are many, having someone there to encourage you when you are finding it all too much, (the girls are still maintaining their individual careers and busy raising their families) it means they can share the load and lean on each other for support.

Further to the collaboration Mahalia’s band ‘Soul Mates’ are joining the girls with the addition of some members of Prinnie ‘s band, the girls promise an energetic show with the audience involvement they crave and the girls are eager to meet and sign for fans after the show.

The girls are also keen to remind potential audiences that the Launceston show is family friendly and not an 18 and over event. Because they both have young children the girls believe it’s important to provide entertainment the whole family can attend without worry.

You can see Mahalia and Prinnie perform at The Country Club Showroom Fri 16th November and Wrest Point Showroom Sat 17th November.
Paula Xiberras