Central Queensland’s Voice star maintains family focus
CENTRAL Queensland's Sophie Phillis may have her head in the clouds, but her feet are planted firmly on the ground.
The humble Emerald 26-year-old wowed the judges when she auditioned for reality talent show The Voice on Monday night, making it through to the next round on Team Delta.
"It was nerve-racking as anything," she said yesterday as she relived her big performance.
"Your adrenalin is up and down all day. When three (judges) turned around I couldn't believe it."
Between raising her 23-month-old daughter Georgie as a single mother and working as a nurse, somehow Sophie has managed to continue her passion for music.
Since her performance, Sophie says, she has received a lot of messages of support and encouragement, particularly from other single parents.
"I want to nurture my dreams and Georgie's dreams as well," she said.
"Of course you always worry about what's best for them, but we'll work it out along the way. I'd love to help others by showing them they can do this."
The former Marist College Emerald student said her love for singing started when she bought a Tina Arena cassette at nine years old.
"I learned all the songs and harmonies by heart," she said.
"I always wanted to be a singer or a doctor."
Sophie said she moved to Brisbane to pursue a career in singing, but after a stint with a touring ABBA Tribute show she turned to study.
"I got a bit over that lifestyle, being on the road all the time," she said.
"I wanted something more stable, but you crave that big stage feeling."
Sophie returned to Emerald when Georgie was born and started singing again around town at restaurants and functions.
She said friends encouraged her to audition for the show - and she's glad she did.
Sophie is now enjoying some down-time with her family, but couldn't give anything away about what was coming up next.
Watch The Voice on the Nine Network weeknights at 7pm.