They may not have won the BBC1 talent show The Voice, but gospel sensation Joyful Soundz are in good spirits as they embark on a new chapter.
Linslade teacher Patrick Golding, 40, and Simone Burnett, 35, are the harmonious voices behind Joyful Soundz.
The pair started off fronting a gospel choir with the same name at a Luton church.They lasted weeks in the show, and survived a nail-biting moment after being dropped by mentor will.i.am only to be picked up again by fellow judge Sir Tom Jones.
Although they narrowly missed the final on April 5, the duo are upbeat about their future career and are looking forward to headlining a live show in Enfield in June.
Patrick, who works as a music teacher at Cedars Upper School, told the LBO: “I feel absolutely great.
“Being on The Voice was a long project with lots of hard work but I feel good and both my feet are on the ground .
“Looking back, I can never have imagined I would have in that position, but being there and working with all those people was a unique experience.”
While on the show, Patrick and Simone rubbed shoulders with stars Rita Ora, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson, as well as Sir Tom himself.
Patrick added: “We both had amazing support, but especially from each other. Not only is Simone an amazing singer, but she has a great strength.”
He revealed how the pair were taken by surprise to come so far into the show, thinking each step might be the last.
He said: “With the blind audition, we didn’t know if we were going to get picked. It’s almost been a very tense battle all the way through.”
Luckily for Patrick, staff and students at his school were fully behind him.
He said: “They have been really supportive.
“There was huge excitement and joy.
“I think that in a way, it will perhaps inspire them to do what they want.
As for the future, Patrick said: “We went in there together and we will continue together, as a duo, and with our other group.
“We’re working on live shows, with friends performing, and it’s very exciting.”