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Soul sister
Tabitha Omaji. Picture: Supplied.

Tabitha Omaji is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her famed older brother, Australia's Got Talent finalist turned chart-topping pop star, Timomatic.

Coming from a family of singers, Omaji is no stranger to performing in front of crowds.

From the age of 18, Omaji has been performing regular gigs at clubs and bars in Sydney, putting her soul-sister vocals to good use.

And after five years of performing professionally, Omaji decided to bite the bullet and audition for the current season of Seven's hit talent series, The X Factor, which airs today at 7.30pm on Seven/GWN7.

But why has it taken so long for the 23-year-old to take her talents to the next level?

"I think it's more than just having a voice to do that sort of TV show," she told AAA. "I think you've got to be really sure of who you are as a person and as a performer. You're facing so many opinions from people and they can say whatever they think but if you're not sure of yourself, you can get depressed and sidetracked.

"So I wanted to be sure I was ready to handle whatever criticism came my way and that I could take it on the chin and learn from it."

Omaji also credits her brother, real name Tim Omaji for pushing her to audition. "He was so encouraging," she said. "He was part of the reason I (auditioned) as well because I always ask for his opinion, especially for music stuff and he was like 'Go for it'."

"So I thought, well I've been performing in clubs and bars for a while now so I thought I'd challenge myself."

While music was ingrained into her as a child - her father was a self-taught musician and choir master back in her birth country of Nigeria - it was midway through studying a commerce degree that she realised music was her lifelong passion.

"I've been doing music for a long time, I grew up with music, it was something that our family has always done," she said.

"When I finished high school, I took a year off to work full time for a financial planning company and I did half a commerce degree then got through it and thought, no this isn't what I was meant to do, I want to do music."

Omaji said auditioning for The X Factor also would reaffirm whether she was on the right track as a singer.

"I wanted to just go on there and hopefully confirm that I was in the right place, doing the right thing," she said. "I know with my style of music, it's soulful, it's not always what's commercial. So just to hear that I'm doing the right passion is great."

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