Bella Mackenzie, a country singer from Mackay, Queensland, will appear on season 12 of The Voice Australia, which begins on Sunday, 6 August, at 7 pm AEST on Channel 7 and 7Plus.
“For as long as I can remember when I was growing up in Moranbah and Mackay…all I ever dreamt of was going on ‘The Voice Australia’ to sing,” Mackenzie wrote on her Facebook page on Friday (4 August).
“Thanks to you guys for listening to me sing all those years in my little town because now I can tell you…I’m doing it!!”
She continued, “It’s going to be so surreal to step on that stage and for this small town country girl to sing for the whole world Ahhh!!
“I can’t wait for you all to be a part of this journey, tune into The Voice Australia this Sunday Night from 7pm”.
In 2021, Bella Mackenzie became the inaugural winner of the Groundwater Country Music Festival KIX-Start Competition, earning praise and recognition from one of the most successful country music festivals in Australia and Australian country music radio.
Mackenzie has made her way through the Australian country music live circuit, including early performances at Tamworth Country Music Festival, NQ’s Rock’n Country, Rockhampton River Festival, and more.
While The Voice Australia is primarily aimed at amateur singers, Mackenzie is poised to find mainstream appeal after she earned two places on the Top 50 Most Played Songs on Australian country music radio in 2022. You can watch the music video of her song, 1 2 3 You And Me, below.
This year’s season of The Voice Australia marks the return of three judges, Australian Idol royalty Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy and UK pop star Rita Ora, and welcomes US pop and R&B sensation Jason Derulo.
The Voice Australia announced Derulo’s addition to the judging panel in March, replacing Australian country music icon and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee Keith Urban in the red chair.
“I’ve always loved The Voice, and Australia happens to be one of my favourite places in the world. I can’t wait to hear all the amazing talent down under,” Derulo said in a statement.
Check out the teaser trailer for this year’s season below.