For singer Joel Dudhnath, being one of the ten winners of the recent Guyana Talent Search show served as a springboard to relaunch his career. Three years ago Joel started dreaming of performing on stage to show off his talent but didn’t have the will to make it a reality, so when he learned about the competition he felt it was his luck.
“Winning is so unreal. One day I dreamed of singing and the next day I was successful as a candidate, ”said a delighted Joel.
The 18-year-old shared that while he’s always loved singing, it wasn’t until three years ago that he became more passionate about the art form. A year ago, he got more serious in singing and began to hone this new talent through vocal training. However, he had problems being social and outgoing. It was the arrival of the potentially deadly coronavirus that made him realize how fragile life is and that we need to take the time to do the things that matter.
When he was in Annandale High School several years ago two of his friends pointed out that he had a good voice and he started paying more attention to the way he sang and surrendered. reckon they were right.
Joel, who worked at Giftland as a customer sales representative, said he spent a lot of his time working in the link and sang to pass the time. A co-worker learned about the talent show and encouraged it to audition; He did.
It was also around this time that he learned that he was ill and had to undergo medical intervention. He remembers being released from the hospital on a Thursday and receiving a call from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports the next day to be available for a live audition two days later. The youngster shared that at this point he was just starting his recovery process, but didn’t want to let the opportunity pass. It was over a month after he video auditioned and assumed he was not being considered for the competition, so when the call came for a live audition he was shocked.
Battling the stage fright, and still recovering from the medical procedure, he remembers standing on stage with his eyes closed and singing his cover of One Direction. This was enough for him to move on to the next stage of the competition.
When he entered the contest, his idea was to sing covers of pop songs from the 90s boy groups. However, that changed after his one-on-one mentorship with one of the judges. Judge Poonam Singh, he recalls, asked him what other genres he liked to sing. Joel has shared many of them including Reggae, Pop, Gospel, Chutney and Western. Singh’s ears pricked up as the western seemed to be a genre unique to a Guyanese and asked him to sing one of his western songs. Joel did a small performance of “Your Man” by Josh Turner. The judges, he said, were amazed at his deep baritone and urged him to stick to Western vocals.
On the show’s first airing, Joel gave a phenomenal performance of “Your Man” that drew plenty of comments from the ladies.
“The experience has been really great. I made some great friends. I learned to get out of my box and interact. I learned new techniques of singing and interpretation. We entered this competition as foreigners and left as a family, ”the singer explained.
Joel received criticism from the judges along the way, but noted that they were only trying to help. Between screenings, he tried to find his mistakes and learn from what he was told. Nevertheless, it was a great experience for the singer.
Since the competition, there is no going back for Joël who decided he wanted to record music. Currently, he is working on several songs that he hopes to release later this year or early next year. His new adventure is learning to write songs that he started a month ago. So far so good, the future songwriter said of the new skill. “My goal is to be an international artist from Guyana and to do that it takes a lot of work but I am willing and ready to work to achieve whatever goals I have set for myself,” said the singer.
Although it was emphasized in the competition that the Western genre suits him well, he intends to try others until he finds the one he is most comfortable with. ‘to interpret. Joel said that at this point he was fascinated with mixing genres to create a unique mix and set an example of wanting to merge the Western and Rap genres.
Regarding academia, he said later if he decided to go to college, it would be to pursue music. His new quest for a career in the music industry gives him limited free time as he exercises constantly, but when he can, he enjoys cooking and training at the gym.
Some of his inspirations include Josh Turner, Brett Young, Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson and some of the boy bands of the 90s.
“I want to thank my family and friends, all my supporters for believing in me and believing that I will go this far. Pay attention to the more important things on my part, ”enthuses Joel.
Since his victory, Joel has been contacted to do a concert with Channel 80 in collaboration with the Department of Education. This pledge, he noted, is expected to air on the aforementioned channel in the coming weeks.
The singer can be followed on Facebook and Instagram @Joel Valenski.