Glencairn singer and songwriter Amy Tjasink, 26, made it into the top-7 contestants in Sunday’s episode of The Voice SA.
Amy started writing songs at the age of 15, using her father, Brian’s antique guitar after her cousin taught her a few chords at a family braai. His guitar, a collector’s item, is about 60 years old and although Amy owns her own guitar, she only uses his guitar to write on.
She funded some of her work as well as the launch of her 2016 debut EP, Average Jane, by working as a music co-ordinator on a cruise ship. She initially wanted to follow in the footsteps of her mom, Beverley, and become an accountant but soon realised that she was a natural at playing the guitar and singing.
“I surprised myself. It came very naturally to me and I developed the skill really quickly. I would always play sad chords and sing about school crushes,” she said laughing.
After school, Amy’s passion for her music led her to the Campus of Performing Arts (COPA) in Cape Town where she studied music. Amy encompasses folk-country and pop style music with a unique vocal twist.
She released Simplify me, a full-length album in May 2018 and spent the last year living and touring London. She moved back to South Africa to participate in The Voice SA. She has asked the far south to help her make it to the top 6 by voting for her at https://m-net.dstv.com/show/the-voice-south-africa/vote
You can vote up to 300 times by following the link. You can vote 100 times by logging in from your cellphone and another 100 from PC and then another 100 times by texting “09” to 33692. Voting lines are open from Sundays at 7pm until Tuesdays at 10pm. If you miss this deadline you can vote the following week.