The Voice’s Blaze Johnson will be the opening act for the International Arts Talent Showcase

Blaze Johnson

Blaze Johnson

With final preparations for the International ARTS Talent Showcase underway, organisers have confirmed that Blaze Johnson will be the official opening act alongside Nate Butler, A&R of America’s Got Talent.

The Columbus singer was uprooted from the Bahamas at the age of eight when his parents moved to the United States to provide a better life for their son. Blaze played football in high school and was offered a scholarship, but he turned it down to pursue music. His mom told him that he was blessed with a special gift and needed to share it with the world.

He auditioned for The Voice with The Fray’s How to Save a Life, which prompted Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine to turn around. Blaze was coached by Adam throughout the series before losing his knockout round match to Deanna Johnson.

Nate Butler is an American songwriter, music producer, vocal producer, and recording artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a part of 45 million records sold worldwide. Butler has worked with multi-platinum artists such as Luther Vandross, Victoria Beckham, Backstreet Boys and more.

He also helped launch the careers of S Club 7, Blue and Sugababes and has racked up credits on films such as Barbershop, Four Brothers, Dr.Dolittle 2, Save the Last Dance, and the Nickelodeon hit Jimmy Neutron.

Elsubie Verlinden, founder of Just You Model and Artist Management, is the dynamo behind the International ARTS Talent Showcase, part of her crusade to open doors for young South African hopefuls to achieve more, learn more and experience more.

In her capacity as regional director for ARTS in Africa, she has provided countless young South Africans exposure to top educational outlets in the the United States.

Verlinden, who has teamed up with Kim Meyers to host the South African leg of the showcase, has travelled around South Africa to scout the best talent the country has to offer. These young models, actors, singers and dancers will get to audition in front of nternational talent scout and director of the ARTS, Kim Meyers.

The International Arts Talent showcase takes place at The Grand Ballroom at Silverstar Casino. Singers and actors perform on October 2 and dancers on October 3. Tickets are R550 which includes the event and a three course meal. For tickets, e-mail Elouise at


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