When Sheldon Riley stepped onto “The Voice Australia” main stage, fans already knew that they were in for a special treat. Unlike any other contestant this season, the 19-year-old rising star had already won over the crowd’s heart with his unapologetically unique style. From the purple furry jacket worn during his blind auditions, to a red floral halo in the finals, Sheldon effortlessly oozed confidence every time he stepped onto the main stage.
This performance was no different, and the moment the young talent opens his mouth to sing it becomes clear that this man is a star. Belting out a spectacular rendition of Katy Perry’s hit single “Rise,” Riley left the crowd in awe as he gives the passionate performance his all. While it was his Voice coach’s decision to make this last-minute song choice, it quickly becomes clear that the powerful lyrics are made for him.
After years of struggling to accept himself and his own self-worth, his song choice is beyond fitting. Having admitted in the past that he struggled with depression and bullying, the way he uses his newfound platform is nothing short of admirable. Every song he sings carries with it deep meaning, and this emotional cover is no exception. Get ready to feel chills as you watch Sheldon Riley deliver the show of a lifetime – and watch as the song’s message clearly resonates with the talented young man. See the unforgettable performance for yourself in the video below – this took my breath away!