Holly Tapp makes three Byronians through on The Voice
YOUNG Byronite Holly Tapp has become the second well-known face around the Northern Rivers to have a successful audition in hit reality TV series The Voice Australia.
The 22-year-old sang Adele's That's It I Quit, I'm Moving and successfully joined Team Joel, where she met former Byron singer Harry Healy. The third Byron singer to make the grade on the show was Dallas James.
Tapp admitted her experience on stage is hard to remember, and she can only recall it because she was able to see it on video afterwards.
The emotions she felt on that stage she can remember vividly.
"It was really scary because usually at a gig you can see people's faces.
"In (the audition) the judges are facing away from you and you can't see their reaction," she said.
The public is also completely in the dark to the singer.
"The energy levels completely accelerated when every judge turned around."
"I was blown away (by the judges' reaction to her audition).
"The whole thing was a big whirlwind."
We asked if there was any reason why she chose to sing that song for the audition.
"I just really enjoy singing it. It brings out that 'Ah, ah girlfriend!' side of me," she said and laughed.
Tapp has been living in Byron Bay for the last six years, after moving from Lismore.
She is in her final year of a music degree at SCU.
You may recognise her as she was a barista at a number of cafes around Byron Bay until recently.
She has no intentions of moving out of the Bay.
"I really love living next to the sea and Byron offers a bigger music scene, which is perfect for me. I really love it here," she said.
"There is so much music talent in Byron and live gigs every night.
"Being in Byron is so central to the music culture."
"I love blues, soul, reggae and funk music," she added.
Tapp confessed her dream gig will be performing at Bluesfest in Byron Bay one year.
"Yes! Oh! I would love to! That's the one gig that I would really love to do," she said.
Tapp grew up in the Northern Territory where her family still lives.
"They are my support network and are backing me up all the way.
" It was actually my nana who really pushed me to enter the competition!"
Tapp was part of a local band called Fat City Strut, that later morphed into Jungle Megaphone, the winner of the Lexus and Reggaefest Band Competition in 2011.