PJ Pretorius has the voice


A worship leader from Secunda will be making his debut this Sunday on the second season of SA’s latest and hottest new singing competition, The Voice South Africa.
The 26 year-old PJ Pretorius will appear on the show for a blind audition (where the four coaches have their backs turned to the talent performing on stage).
PJ hopes to learn from this experience.
He tried out for Idols several years ago, but never made it past the first audition.
In 2013 PJ made it to the boot camp round of The X Factor SA.
“I did not want to enter another competition, but friends persuaded me to try again,” he said.
PJ is a self-taught musician with a heart rooted in gospel music.
The story of how he discovered his music talent is quite remarkable, considering that he was turned down for the school choir when he was in primary school.
“I was a naughty and troubled teenager, but in Grade 10 at Hoërskool Oosterland, I was sent off to a Christian Camp, called Ek’s Derde.
“Here I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and my whole life changed.”
PJ made new friends who urged him on to join their youth band.
“For lack of musical knowledge and instruments, I took up a percussion drum set.
“It just came naturally. Soon I realised the guitarists received more favour from the soundman, so I tried my hand at it. This too flowed from somewhere deep inside me.”
Donovan, the worship leader at Kruik at the time, encouraged PJ to sing.
This led to him being accepted into the church band.
“I believe that Jesus anointed me with a musical talent at the time of my acceptance of Him.
“I did not choose music, it chose me.”
After matric PJ spent a service year reaching out to the youth, and then decided to go into full-time ministry. He has since learned to play keyboard.
PJ now also teaches music school for Swallow 15.
He hopes to wow the judges and the country on The Voice SA.
“I know I will not be singing gospel, but I will stay true to me and my first love.
“I want to move people with the talent God has given me,” he said.


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