Fox sisters take out the Gympie Voice

SISTERS Jess and Jem Fox have taken out the inaugural RSL Gympie Voice competition after an entertaining final at the RSL on Sunday.

They duo wowed the crowd with their own quirky versions of Pokerface by Lady GaGa and Mumford and Sons' Little Lion Man to take home the first prize of $1200. 

"We were pretty excited; it was a big surprise for us," Jess said yesterday.

The girls said they were surprised because of the talent on show at the RSL.

They particularly liked Tim Weeden on piano, Kelly Parker's great voice and Jesse O'Sullivan's style on the guitar.

21-year-old Jess and 17-year-old Jem have been performing together for about five years now and have developed their own signature style which usually includes a banjo.

"We like to do modern songs with our own twist," Jess said.

Guest judge Lee T-Bone Turner was blown away by the sisters' act and how tight they were as a duo.

He took over from mentor judges Craig Warhurst, Nat MacGregor and Simon Birks to judge the final.

The girls intend to put the prizemoney toward more musical equipment.

Contest organiser Sherie Atherton thanked all the contestants for their input in to the Gympie RSL Voice.

She said it was a great to see so much talent in the Gympie region and thanked the three other place getters, Irena Exarhos, Jason Vandorrsen and Tim Weeden, for their efforts.