| Last night Ipswich's Australian Idol top 12 finalist Angie Narayan was
first through to the finals after her power-house version of soul goddess' Aretha
Franklin's Chain of Fools on Sunday night.
She gave another powerful rendition last night, proving the 26-year-old
Fijian-born singer can sing soul with passion.
After initially telling show host Andrew G that she felt sick with nerves,
the full-toned singer looked in full control.
"I was just so nervous. But you never know, you just never know,"
Angie's proud sister, Josephine and mother, Serei are eargerly watching
the series, hoping her singing dreams will be rea;ised.
Until last year, the Narayan family lived in Ipswich and continue to attend
the Ipswich City Christian Church on Pring Street.
It was here that Angie led worship and played in the church band.
Initially she played drums, but she began to sing at 15 when it was suggested
she had a powerful voice.
Church members said they were all supporting Angie in her quest and eagerly
watched the series each week.
Her sister Josephine has started a campaign for Ipswich to get behind Angie,
in the same way Condobolin embraced Shannon Noll and Adelaide rallied its series one
winner Guy Sebatian.
"In particular she's very empowering for women and at the shows all the
women really love her.
"She's a very down to earth person and she seems to be really enjoying
There is one more final before the final 12 contestants move through a series
of studio concerts.
-Tony Moore and
Angie is vocalist with Soul Engine, a soul and funk band that regularly plays
at the Treasury Casino in Brisbane.
Mighty Management promoter Tim Collette said Angie had been singing with the
band for about 12 months.
"Angie has a personality as big as her voice," Mr Collette said.