Gabriel Fredette caused great emotions to his grandparents by inviting them to his blind audition on Sunday in Voicewithout telling them that he himself was going to try to seduce the coaches to join the adventure.
He made them believe he had won four tickets to attend the taping. When it was their turn to sing, Gabriel, who was sitting next to his paternal grandparents and his maternal grandmother, told them that they were there to watch his baptism of fire on television. He left the stands and went up to the stage. The table was set for us to experience a great television moment.
This family of musicians did not miss a single episode of the first nine seasons of the popular TVA singing competition. “We watched the program religiously and I never thought that one day I would go too,” said the 22-year-old young firefighter in an interview with the QMI Agency.
From the first notes, Gabriel’s distinctive voice caught the attention of coaches Roxane Bruneau and France D’Amour, who immediately turned their heads upon hearing his performance of the piece. It’s not my job anymore, by Thomas Day. The other two coaches also ended up rotating their red chairs.
Although Corneille, France and Roxane told Gabriel that he “sang with his guts”, that he had a crazy “charisma” and that he transmitted the “truth” like no other, the young man from Saint-Hyacinthe, nicknamed “Freddy”, chose to for Mario Pelchat to pay tribute to his maternal grandfather who died at the beginning of 2020, a month before the start of the pandemic.
The life of the young artist and athlete – he has played hockey all his life – has completely changed during the COVID-19 crisis. After inheriting the guitar from his grandfather Léopold Dumouchel, a musician who played with Paul Daraîche, he practiced string strumming and composed folk and pop music. The one who also plays the violin and the piano even started a song, Leavethat played on the radio.
“My grandfather Léo received many offers from record companies when he was young, but he had to reject them all because he already had children. I wanted to do Voice do what he couldn’t achieve. I also went there to look for answers and it confirmed that I have my place and that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
He describes his style as Lewis Capaldi in French and identifies with Pierre Garnier, who won star academy in 2023, in France, as well as his friend Pelch, an emerging artist. However, he does not give up leaving his mark in English, since he identifies with Charlotte Cardin’s career.
“She began to VoiceFirst he wrote in French and now his career is exploding in English. He is a model that I would like to follow.”
Since taping his blind audition last fall, Gabriel and his loved ones have been “living on a cloud,” and the hardest part was keeping it a secret until this Sunday’s broadcast.
“It is the best gift I could have given my grandparents. Thanks to production for organizing this!”