MAHALIA Barnes showed good friend Prinnie Stevens the sights of Newcastle yesterday in the lead-up to the pair performing in the city in November.
Since being cast as rivals on the television show The Voice, Barnes and Stevens have been working on their duets record. Come Together will be released on October 5 through Universal Music Australia.
The duo have been friends for 12 years and are more relaxed and comfortable working together than against each other.
‘‘My daughter was the flower girl at Mahalia’s Thailand wedding,’’ Stevens said.
‘‘We love working with each other and other singers and sharing that experience. Any professional singer knows singing is not a competition,’’ Barnes added.
Their friendship is testament to the women recording 12 songs in five days for the new album.
The covers were recorded with the backing of a full band, which consisted of Barnes’s touring outfit The Soul Mates and included a horn and string section.
Barnes regularly performs with her band at Lizotte’s Newcastle and has also been known to appear at the venue with her father Jimmy and uncle Mark Lizotte – aka Diesel.
Lizotte provides guitar and backing vocals on his track All Come Togetheron the album.
Despite having worked in the same industry circles in Sydney, the women come from very different backgrounds.
‘‘I’m the only one in my family who is a singer. At least no one can tell me how to do things,’’ Stevens joked.
Barnes said their duet record was the idea of Universal boss George Ash, inspired by the reality show’s battle round. The concept grew legs when the pair were reunited – with Barnes’s father Jimmy – to perform River Deep on the finale.
ALL COVERED: Mahalia Barnes, left, showing good friend Prinnie Stevens the sights of Newcastle yesterday. Picture: Simone De Peak