Tim wows The Voice

Ipswich's voice shines on Channel 9's hit TV show

IPSWICH'S Tim McCallum has become an overnight sensation after wowing the crowds and the celebrity judges during his blind audition on Channel 9's reality television show The Voice.

The 35-year-old Bellbird Park resident, whose episode aired last night, caught the attention of three out of the four famous judges during his rendition of Nessun Dorma - Giacomo Puccini.

The big red chairs of Ricky Martin, Delta Goodrem and the Madden Brothers swirled around to signify that they liked what they heard and that they wanted him on their singing teams.

For McCallum, it was a dream come true.

"To be successful in having three chairs turn, that was really exciting for me," he said.

"But going in to the show, I had a game plan if I was successful in my audition. Although the other judges put up a good fight, I couldn't pass up the opportunity of working with Ricky."

While his love of music and singing has propelled him onto the world stage now, it wasn't always an easy ride for McCallum.

A talented singer when he was younger, his life changed dramatically during an accident when he was just 18.

"Prior to my accident, I was in a good place in my life," he said.

"I loved musical theatre, and by the time I was 18, I had already been in 30 theatre performances including Westside Story and Les Miserables.

"I had moved from Geelong, my home town, to Perth where I had been accepted into the Western Australian Academy of Arts. That is where stars such as Hugh Jackman had gone to.

"But two days before I was supposed to start, I went to the beach.

"I dived over a wave and hit my head on a sandbar in a freak accident.

"It was an unlucky dive which resulted in my current condition of quadriplegia.

"Being told that I would never be able to walk again, that was one of the saddest moments in my life."

What would follow would be nine months of rehabilitation and learning how to sing again.

SINGING STAR: Tim McCallum on stage as part of reality TV show The Voice.
SINGING STAR: Tim McCallum on stage as part of reality TV show The Voice. Contributed

"I thought to myself, I have two options here. I can sit and sulk or I can sit and sing," he said.

"Because singing was what I always wanted to do, I was encouraged to continue listening to music and try to get back into it.

"The doctors said I might not be able to sing like I used to because my paralysis affected a lot of the muscles and the body parts which I need to sing. But here I am today."

McCallum is now determined to not let his condition define him.

"I have the challenge that every time I wheel myself out on stage, people look at me and they are already asking questions to themselves," he said.

"So I have to try and impress them with the first part of my song.

"I am really looking forward to working with Ricky in the coming episodes of The Voice and seeing where this journey takes me.

"I hope that through this, my voice gets heard and I can inspire others to follow their dreams.

"I want to sing all over Australia, and in particular around Ipswich.

"My wife and I only moved here in 2012, and we love the area, so I would love to entertain and showcase the wonderful talent which Ipswich has."

McCallum is one of two Ipswich residents who will feature on this series, with another set to hit the screen in the coming weeks.

 



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