Based: Cape Town
Jody was born in Cape Town and grew up a shy and introverted child. Today she describes herself as “Someone who’s quiet, but loud” and her motto is “to live life to the fullest”! She started playing the piano in High School as a means to explore her passion for music and also sang in the school choir for a few months.
At the age of 14 she joined a private music school (Music & Talent Promotions) under the watchful eye of her mentor and biggest fan Marius Theron. She has been receiving voice training for 4 years and it has paid off tremendously! She has won the music school’s awards as the Most Outstanding Performer and also took the title of Student of the Year twice. Just before her Idols audition, Jody entered the Pick ‘n pay Future Stars Singing Competition and made history by achieving an overall mark of 107,5% by the judges, the highest mark even given to a singer in the past 6 years of this competition!
It June 2007 Jody entered Idols and after a long 6 months she has just walked away with the coveted title of the winner of South African Idols Season 4. One of Jody’s dreams has come true because she has performed as the opening act for Celine Dion in 2008 when she toured through South Africa.
Jody’s first single, “Love is all around” went gold and her third single, “Wind it” is currently play-listed at all the major radio stations. Jody had 70 000 downloads from her songs via the internet.
ACHIEVEMENTS (POST IDOLS)
Jody has done 110 live performances during 2008, performed at 15 charity events, 12 festivals and numerous schools.
She was the opening-act on Celine Dions’ World Tour in 2008 (SA leg)
She is currently endorsed by ABSA Bank, Face of the Youth – the first SA Idol to be endorsed by a Financial institution.
Jody wrote 4 subjects in the 2008 National Matric Exams and received a 72% aggregate. She will write 3 final subjects in the March 2009 exams to complete her National Senior Certificate.
On a more personal note, Jody has just bought herself and her family a beautiful new home in Durbanville, Cape Town. Amidst her hectic schedule, she is in the process of obtaining her drivers license, after-all she did win a beautiful little when she walked away with the Idols crown in 2007.