“I’ve played in pubs and things like that, but I’ve never had a vocal lesson, I can’t read music,” Mick admits.
“The main thing that got me into The Voice was the want to look after my family. I just figured it was a good in, to give my kids a good life."
He adds: “I want to give them opportunities, and to combine that with my passion in life, which is singing, it’s just so beautiful, and I’m just so humbled and proud to be able to do that.”
Mick owns a mowing and garden maintenance business in East Gippsland, which is his main source of work day to day.
“I’m not legally allowed to mow any residential lawns or anything like that,” he says, given the current lockdowns in Victoria.
“I work part time as a journalist for a local paper doing sports reporting. There’s no sport to report on, so I’m not really doing that.”
Mick is very open about his adoration for his partner, Bec, and his two daughters, Bella and Katie, who stole the show during his blind audition.
After turning four chairs with his rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Mick proposed to Bec on stage while Katie and Bella watched on.
He then picked Team Jess after asking Bella to choose a colour. She chose pink, the colour of Jess Mauboy’s outfit.
“I’d planned it a couple of months in advance. I got the idea and I approached the production team at The Voice and asked if it was okay to do it,” Mick says of the proposal.
“Bec is super smart, I knew she’d be distracted by everything going on at The Voice, so it was the only way I could totally surprise her.
“She said ‘No’ about four times at first, but I think it was because she was in shock!”
WATCH BELOW: Mick Harrington sings Grand Finalist Original - Real You. Story continues below.
On top of a proposal he will never forget, Mick has also gone far in the competition.
He made it through the cuts and the knockout round, and earned himself a place in the finale, which will take place on Sunday. As a finalist, he’s also gotten the opportunity to record a song – Real You.
“It was a pretty quick process, but I’m so proud of the song, and so grateful to have a song with such a good, uplifting message,” he says.
“It’s about staying connected through the really tough times everyone’s going through, and just being a decent human, which we all need to try to do when everyone’s struggling.”
Mick has released a song or two in the past, and his performances from The Voice are now available to stream. Hopefully, he’ll be able to release more music, and perhaps record an album – a guarantee for the winner of The Voice.
“I won’t know before anyone else,” he confirms of the win on Sunday. “I’ll know exactly when you know.”
However Mick will be watching with his family from his home in Victoria.
“We’ve just moved to a new house, so we’ll sit amongst the boxes that haven’t been unpacked yet and watch it,” he laughed.
“It just feels so surreal to have this happen, but yeah, I’m super excited for Sunday, that’s for sure.”
The Voice grand final will take place this Sunday, September 12, at 7pm.