Kharizma no more sister act
SISTERS Sonja and Soria won Ipswich's hearts as singing duo Kharizma, but they have decided to pursue separate careers.
The Ipswich sisters had at first planned to audition for Channel 7's The X-Factor individually but formed a duo on advice from the show's producers.
But since leaving the reality television show in October last year, after a whirlwind journey which included a glowing review from Snoop Dogg, Kharizma has decided to split.
Sonja Curnow, 25, said it was a difficult decision but the sisters thought it would be easier to work on their separate careers.
“We tried to make things work together,” Ms Curnow said.
“But I've just turned 25 and she's 18 so there's a big age gap.
“I just thought to myself, I can't rest anymore, I've just got to keep going and if she's not ready for this lifestyle then at the end of the day... we're both individuals.
“I know we'll both make it one day with our music – but at the moment she's not really focused.”
Ms Curnow said since leaving the show she “hadn't stopped practising, rehearsing and writing”.
“I want it so much and I'm not going to give up on that,” she said.
Ms Curnow said the sisters had never expected to go so far on the show.
“I used to cry every time I watched Australian Idol and I thought ‘I wish that was me', before I finally stood up and thought ‘I'm going to give that a go',” she said.
“It's one of the best things that's ever happened to me.
“Anything can happen if you work hard.”
Soria Gasio, 18, was in Sydney at the time of the interview where she hopes to move to follow her music career, focusing more on a rock style.
Ms Curnow plans to record and release an original R&B/ soul single this year and hopefully a full-length album by the end of the year.
The determined young woman, who learnt to sing in her church choir, is also building a recording studio in her home at Grandchester and will soon launch her own website.
Fans can also look forward to a national tour of stars from The X Factor including Ms Curnow, James McNally, Amanda Grafanakis, Sally Chatfield, Hayley Teal and India-Rose Madderom.