Ipswich singer Faith Sosene will compete for the title of The Voice on Sunday in a dream turnaround of fortune, just three years after she made the heartbreaking decision to give up music
Queensland Voice finalist Faith Sosene talks about when she decided to give up music to dedicate her life to caring for her ailing mother.
The 25-year-old from Ipswich is still trying to come to terms with how her life has changed, now as one of four remaining singers to compete for the title of The Voice on Sunday.
It comes three years after she made peace with giving up her singing ambitions to care full-time for her mother Susana, whose struggle with heart disease and kidney failure was getting worse.
“I think about that every day,” Sosene said.
“I started taking care of my mother when I was 19, but when I turned 21 I thought, OK, this is it – I’m satisfied and I’m happy with it and I love my mom, she deserves everything for what she has done for me, but at the time at that age I was like OK, this is me for the rest of my life, and I’m happy with it, I’ll have to give up the music.”
“I was so deeply satisfied. It was just the circumstances and what I had to do, so to have this opening on The Voice is an understatement to say it’s a dream.
“I don’t know what a better word is, but if there was one, I’d use it. It’s a chance for me to not just leave it alone to be my mom’s caregiver. It’s been great.”
Susana had raised the budding singer and her five siblings as a single mother, while also caring for and caring for three other children.
She was her daughter’s biggest supporter, encouraging her to sign up for The Voice when auditions opened around the same time her condition improved in 2021.
Sosene, who is now the lone finalist on coach Jessica Mauboy’s team, has released her uplifting winner’s single Words You Should Have Heard and will find out Sunday evening if she’s won the title – which comes with a record deal with Universal Music Australia and $100,000 in prize money.
“I can’t believe I was living my dream when I was a little girl and before I turned 21 I decided not to do this anymore. I have to pinch myself all the time,” she says.
“It’s so changing for me in every aspect, especially my confidence. I came on the show afraid of what the world would think of me or how they would see me, and ever since our glamor team cheers me up and Jess coaches me and the music team helps me, I feel like it’s important to know that you need a great team behind you to achieve your goal.
“I feel like a completely different person.”
A proud Queenslander, Sosene was supported by the support of her hometown in Ipswich, including the applause of Mayor Teresa Harding, and will watch the final at home in Ipswich on Sunday.
“I thought, oh my gosh, this is a little bit of what Ash Barty has been through, but just a little bit,” Sosene laughed. “But it’s so cool.”
“I’m thrilled to be able to represent our small town.”
“I’ve just invited pretty much all of Ipswich to my house. Nothing fancy, just get in your footy shirts and footy shorts and watch and see what happens.”
Originally published as The Voice finalist Faith Sosene reveals the moment she gave up music