Powerhouse Voice winner Diana Rouvas is hoping to do things her way, reluctant to be pigeon-holed as a particular style of singer.
On Sunday she unveiled her original song, Wait for No One, a driving, dark song which she co-wrote with partner Eric Aranda. It contrasted to the many power ballads which won her the 2019 title.
“I don’t want to put it in a pocket or a box. For many years people have tried to do that with me, but it doesn’t work,” she tells TV Tonight.
“I don’t think I sound like everybody, which is a good thing and a detriment sometimes. So I’ve just stayed true to myself and really fought to be artistically free.
“I want to tell the truth about my stories so if one is a piano ballad and one is a rock soul vibe then whatever comes out of me for people to feel the message is what it should be.”
Rouvas was contacted by Voice producers and invited to return as an All-Star, having finished fifth in 2012. She was even signed to Universal Music, but was released from her contract in 2015. She describes the call to return to the Nine show as perfect timing.
“I’d been in the studio for the last couple of years while I’ve been teaching. So it was perfect for the material I’ve got and where I’m at in my life,” she continues.
“I just knew it was a good opportunity, no matter what, to be seen. The business is hard and any opportunity people have to know you is crucial to take.
“I had a pretty good run. I toured a little bit -I wish it had been earlier- was eventually picked up and signed but nothing really eventuated from that so we parted ways.
“I dived into the studio and have been teaching voice, chipping away on material. So this came when I thought ‘I’m just about ready.’”
Now hoping to do things more her way, Rouvas says Soul is the genre she gravitates towards most.
“Soul is the thing in my sound and tone. I’m a fan of B.B. King, Aretha, Joni Mitchell.
“A good song is a good song, and if it’s authentic people connect.
“If an audience is invested, that’s what moves people. That’s where I want to live and have a conversation about the human aspect of everything we do.
“I want to get sell records, which is very difficult in this day and age. But I will give it a good go.”