Name: Audio Vixen – Ria, Chris, Ross
Audition song: Toto – Hold the Line
Bootcamp songs: Fleetwood Mac – The Chain & Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Judge house song: Heart – Alone
Musical Influences: Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Beatles, Rob Thomas, Jet, John Mayer, Lady Antebellum, Coldplay, Led Zepplin, The Black Crowes, The Faces, Thirsty Merc, Heart, Aerosmith, The Bee Gees.
Interesting/unusual fact: We are a family with an Italian background. Ria won a car in a singing comp. Ross was on Home & Away for one year. We recorded the Horgs Inventions jingle for Hamish & Andy. We are ALWAYS talking.
As children of entertainers, Audio Vixen were always destined for a career in music. The Sydney-based trio – made up of siblings Maria, 28, Christina, 25, and Ross, 19 – are following the path carved out by their parents, Jay and Gisele Pirrelli. “They performed as solo artists when they were single,” Ross says, “they eventually met, fell in love and got married and started an act together. They’ve been performing for about 35 years. And that love of music has carried on with us.”
While Maria and Christina were performing as a duo first, Ross joined the girls about five years ago. Together they’ve recorded an EP and performed across Australia and recently in the USA.
Maria, who’s the only one married (to drummer Troy), is the eldest and plays keyboard and guitar. Second eldest Christina also plays keyboard and guitar while the youngest Ross plays lead guitar. “It’s just the three of us and we get along great,” Ross says.
Describing their sound as adult-contemporary, their influences include Lady Antebellum, The Eagles, Dixie Chicks and John Mayer. “Our music range is quite broad,” Maria says, “but we’re more of a classic rock sound.”
The fact that they’re a family will be a huge advantage for them in the competition. “We really support each other,” Ross says, “it’s quite a demanding competition. To have people you count on is the ultimate.” But their experience could make it difficult for mentor Ronan Keating to mould them. “We’ve developed and worked into a sound of our own and we want to keep that musical integrity,” Ross says, “seeing our family is in the industry and we like to think we know a bit about it, it might be hard to mentor us.”
Away from music, Maria runs her own graphic design business; Christina is an office manager and Ross is studying to be a music teacher.
Ross has also dabbled in acting. He’s appeared in TV shows ‘All Saints’ and ‘Water Rats’ as well as the film ‘Danny Deckchair’. His longest running role was as Matthew Lyons in ‘Home And Away’ from 2008-09.
But their passion lies with music. “Music is something that’s always been in our blood,” Ross says, “for us we’d love to make a long lasting career out of it.”