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JOHANNESBURG - Universal Music says it will get straight to work with Richard Stirton, the winner of The Voice SA, to release his first single, followed by his first album.

The Capetonian was announced as the winner of the competition in the finale of the series last night, winning a contract with Universal Music among a number of prizes.

WATCH: Richard Stirton wins 'The Voice SA'

Stirton's cover of the Sound of Silence shot to number 1 on the iTunes local chart last week.

WATCH: Richard Stirton does a cover of 'Sounds of Silence'

Universal Music's Kevin Grenfell says Stirton will begin recording immediately to release a first single as the winner of the competition, followed by more music that showcases his style.

Parlotones front man and Stirton's coach, Kahn Morbee, says the Capetonian's voice is pure and non-contrived and he will be writing music with him for their respective albums.

Universal Music says it was difficult to choose who to work with from the talent at The Voice SA and it will be signing on Zeo Modiga and Thembeka Mnguni, who made it to the top eight, saying they have huge potential locally and internationally.

Grenfell says Modiga was the best performers, while Mnguni had one of the best voices.

SUCCESS AT LAST

Meanwhile, Stirton says it's been a long journey after working as a performer in restaurants and at The Barnyard Theatre, adding he's excited to produce his own music.

He says pursuing music as a career was always a just a dream and he now intends to use the opportunity to make this a reality.

He says he had no idea he would beat the other talent in the competition.

"You saw me, I collapsed. It never crossed my mind that I could beat the other competition."

The Capetonian plans to put his studies in business sciences on hold, to make "music from the heart", with his first single out within the next two weeks.

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