The Voice contestant hails from Stroud

Kieran Fraser at his Stroud home.Stroud singer songwriter Kieran Fraser has made it through to the battle rounds of Channel 9s The Voice.

The 38-year-old watched the American series late last year and said it was different to the normal reality television shows.

“Basically it just factored in the voice because the judges didn’t face the artists,” he said.

“X-Factor and Idol seem to be more about sob stories and not about singing and that’s why I tried out for The Voice when it came to Australia.”

Kieran did an online audition in late October last year which required him to sing for two minutes.

He got through to the auditions in Sydney and after the third one they gave him a call and he was one of the 48 singers who made it through to the blind auditions singing James Blunt’s song Same Mistake.

He chose to be on Seal’s team.

The blind auditions were filmed earlier in the year and the battle round six weeks ago.

His wife Sarah was in intensive care in hospital while Kieran headed for the blind auditions.

“She had back surgery and then a setback, so it was a bit tough,” he said.

“And I got quite emotional when they filmed the battle rounds . . . I cried on national television.”

The battle round which features Kieran was shown on Monday night but at the time of going to press it is unknown if he makes it any further.

Kieran grew up in a musical family with his father singing in church.

He lived in Melbourne and went to university in Queensland, moving to Stroud three years ago.

“Singing was always in the background of my life. I wasn’t pushed and there was no opportunity to bring it to the foreground,” said the executive coach.

In 2006 he made his first CD It’s What I’m Here For.

It comprised seven ballards, three pop songs and a rock song.

And what about the tracksuit pants which caught the eye of both the judges and A Current Affair?

“They were certainly a talking point, but I dressed for comfort,” he said.

“I drove down to the first audition in Sydney and it is three hours plus each way and I wanted to be comfortable.

“We were waiting around for nearly 14 hours and there were a lot of girls in stilettos and guys in tight pants.

“Quite a few commented that I had the right idea.

“They weren’t old track pants, they were good Canterbury ones.

“But it’s how I am . . . I live in the country.

“I don’t worry too much about what other people think, but I the judges said I was worthy of being on the show.

“I don’t know what will come of it all but I will have to weigh up everything as I have a mortgage to pay.

“Hopefully there is a future for me [in the entertainment industry].

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