Big time for Edendale's singing barista

Published on 08 June 2018

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Edendale singing barista Ben Clark is hitting the high notes as he competes in the semi-finals of The Voice this Sunday night.

The Eltham tenor hopes to make it through to the grand finale of the popular Chanel Nine show next Sunday night.

And there’s a whole latte support coming his way, with Nillumbik Mayor Peter Clarke saying he, along with thousands of others in the Shire, would be watching the show and cheering Ben on from the comfort of their couches at home.

“We wish him the best of Nillumbik luck and I hope residents get behind him and vote,” Cr Clarke said.

Ben and his mum own Café Eden at Edendale Community Farm.

But there’s no time to sing behind the counter with bleating goats and crowing roosters as back-up vocals.

Ben rolls up his sleeves and makes coffees, snacks and light meals for the up to 100,000 visitors to the farm each year.

The 33-year-old classical and opera singer grew up in Mernda and started singing at school musicals. He was member of the Ten Tenors for six years, touring the world and making a name for himself on the world platform.

Ben and his intensive care nurse wife, Caitlin, who grew up in Eltham, have two children, two-year-old Ivy and Owen, who is one.

And while his fans love him, Ben has to compete with Peppa Pig for his kids’ attention.

“They love watching me sing on TV, but Peppa is still a snout ahead of me in the popularity stakes,” Ben said.

Ben entered the show on a whim and has been amazed at how far he has come. If he wins, he’ll be signed up to Universal to create an album with them.

But one thing’s for sure, the boy from Mernda is a fully-converted, proud Green Wedge resident.

“I love the greenery, the open spaces, the clean air. Our family loves going on walks – the Shire is amazing,” Ben said.