The Voice 2014: Bendigo contestant's family shares love of music

EXCITED: John Lingard during his performance on The Voice.

EXCITED: John Lingard during his performance on The Voice.

ORIGINAL STORY: John Lingard's audition, judges' comments and selection to Team Kylie

VIDEO: Click here to watch John Lingard's The Voice 2014 audition

MUSIC flows through the veins of The Voice contestant John Lingard.

The Bendigo musician has been drafted to Team Kylie following an impressive audition on the Channel Nine talent show.

Lingard's mum Jude said she could not be prouder of her son.

"We're over-the-moon," she said.

"That's probably the best expression that I could use because we've always believed in him and always believed that he had a talent - especially as a singer-songwriter.

"There are a lot of people in this competition who are really great singers, there's no doubt about that, but there's a bit of a point of difference when you can write songs as well."

Ms Lingard said her whole family was musical.

"He's been exposed to a lot of live music," she said.

"We've always been together as a family to live concerts.

"We all went to see John Mayer, we all went to see Sting, Coldplay.

"Those three artists have been an influence on his music.

"He's grown up with a lot of music in the home ... He started off learning drums and had drum lessons as a young teenager and then we got him a guitar and he had guitar lessons and it's just gone on since them."

Lingard was overseas when the call out for The Voice auditions went out.

"His sister encouraged him to apply, he was in Sweden and she saw it somewhere and contacted him saying he needed to enter," Ms Lingard said.

"It looks like you just walk in off the street but you have to send a bio, you have to send examples of yourself singing, photographs and your back story.

"There are a lot of steps to go through."

Ms Lingard praised The Voice for looking after contestant's families.

"We went across to Sydney for a few days," she said.

"It was exciting and they're a very supportive group of people who run the competition.

"They look after the families really well."

Lingard's debut performance drew loud applause from the audience and excited celebrations from his parents watching on from backstage.

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