Karise Eden performs live at Kotara

THE Voice winner Karise Eden stepped out from the confines of reality television to perform at Westfield Kotara last night

There were no coaches, studio lights or television cameras in sight when the 19-year-old performed before a crowd of about 1000 people at the centre from 6pm.

Security closely guarded the stage from the time Eden stepped onto centre court.

The Central Coast songstress was clearly taken aback by the hordes of fans , including her sister and two aunts in the crowd, but looked instantly relaxed as she began to sing.

‘‘Thanks for turning up. You guys have made my day,’’ she told the Westfield crowd.

‘‘I thought I wasn’t worth anything like this. This is what I’ve wanted to do all my life.’’

Eden sang three songs, You Won’t Let Me, I’d Rather Go Blind and Hound Dog from her album My Journey.

Armed with some wise words from her The Voice mentor and coach Seal, Eden has embarked on a national Westfield tour to promote the album.

‘‘He told me to be strong and to be proud and own what I’ve become,’’ Eden said prior to the Westfield performance.

The soul songstress said she plans to keep in touch with the man she described as a ‘‘father figure’’.

Eden has four of the top five songs on the ARIA chart this week led by her number one single Stay With Me Baby.

Young fan Bree Crossland, 12, from Caves Beach, lined up for almost three hours at Westfield Kotara yesterday to hear Eden perform.

‘‘She’s come so far from where she started.’’

The Kotara High student attended the performance with her mum Fiona Bush. The pair watched the entire series of The Voice together.

‘‘I had a difficult childhood like Karise. She’s proved your dreams really can come true,’’ Ms Bush said.

Eden’s extensive Westfield tour will finish in Canberra on Sunday July 8. Eden, who turns 20 next month, then wants to go home to the Central Coast for a week or two and take it all in.

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