Issue 8
Monday, 23 May 2016
Charles Darwin University
Micah Rothwell as a music student in Alice Springs
Micah Rothwell as a music student in Alice Springs

Music graduate puts Voice to the test

By Patrick Nelson

Charles Darwin University music graduate Micah Rothwell has received high praise from the five judges on reality television talent show The Voice.

Micah, who grew up in Alice Springs, performed The Animals classic “The House of the Rising Sun” in a nationally televised “blind audition” last week.

Celebrity judge Ronan Keating likened Micah’s voice to Johnny Cash’s, while fellow judge Delta Goodrem murmured “Leonard Cohen”.

“You have such a deep, soulful voice,” said one half of the Madden brothers, while the other said: “fronting a band would be a really great idea.”

Jessie J, went within a whisker of pressing the red buzzer, which would have given Micah passage to “Team Jess”, where he would have received coaching and potentially advanced to the “battle round”.

Micah, who now lives in Victoria, was recognised for his talents while studying for a Certificate III in Music through the Vocational Education and Training in Schools program at Alice Springs campus in 2012. 

He won the Ronny Reinhard Memorial Prize for Creative Arts in 2012 and joined fellow music student Elsie Lange on stage at the BASSINTHEGRASS music festival, having earlier won the Battle of the School Bands final that year.