Most of South Africa first met the beautiful Nadia Herbst back in 2015. On Season 11 of Idols, she dazzled judges and audiences alike, from her very first audition, all the way through to landing a spot in the top 10. Unfortunately for Nadia, after coming incredibly close to the title, she fell out of the competition.
Photo: SA Idols
The problem with almost making it big on the iconic singing competition, is that for so many young performers, it is the beginning and the end of their music careers. Is there ever life for singers after Idols? For this driven young songstress, the answer is most certainly, ‘Yes!’
I caught up with Nadia at Cape Town Airport for a quick chat to find out about where her love of singing began, her career dreams, and what life has in store for her now…
Nadia didn’t always know she was a singer. At school, she focused her energy on athletics, excelling at high jump and long jump. It was only in grade 6 that her parents, teachers, and Nadia herself, realized she had singing talent. Laughing, she tells me that before that year, “I never made the choir.” However, once the bug had bitten there was no stopping Nadia. Dancing lessons and athletics were traded in for voice coaching, and soon she was winning Eisteddfod prizes left, right, and centre.
I asked her whether her musical interests included playing any instruments. Nadia made a face, and explained that she used to play the guitar, but not quite out of free will.
“I got a guitar in grade two, and was disgusted! I wanted a Baby Born, and then I got a guitar… I had to practice playing every night in my room for half an hour.”
Today she feels guitar playing would be an asset to building her music career, and is keen to pick up the instrument again.
Because she made her big debut on Idols, I couldn’t stop myself from asking the world’s cheesiest question: Who is your idol?
“My idol is Adele, because of the strong emotive quality of her music, and her down-to-earth personality. I love singing her songs.”
Nadia currently only performs cover songs, but dreams of having original material on the radio. “I’d love to have Johan Oberholzer write me a song. He has made so many artists!”
As for what she wants to achieve with her music, Nadia wants to inspire people. She mentions she would like to do something like to Megan Trainor, “who managed to set her music apart by including uplifting lyrics that empower women.”
Empower and inspire she will! Nadia has recently landed a one year contract with The Barnyard, and will be performing at theatres all over the country, as a member of Divas Who Rock, a showcase paying tribute to female artists who have made their mark on music.
Photo: The Barnyard Theatre
Divas Who Rock kicks off at the Barnyard in Cresta ( 19 April- 28 May), but will also tour to Emperors Palace (30 May- 9 July), Willowbridge, Cape Town ( 12 July- 20 August), and Rivonia (22 August- 8 October).
Visit www.barnyardtheatre.co.za or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make your booking!