House of Zwide’s Lois du Plessis, who plays the character of Pearl on the e.t.v;s soap opera, is more than just an actress.
The singer has a career that cut across more than 20 years. She recently dropped her gospel single Same God, where she yearns to celebrate her beautiful career.
Lois du Plessis started her musical career with Coca-Cola Popstars’ 2002 music band Afro Z, a group that was founded after the winning group’s formation of 101. They went on to enjoy a five-year run of success and, at the age 0f 26, she got a chance to sing with internationally acknowledged gospel band Israel and The New Breed.
“Every year Coca-Cola Popstars would form new groups and that forced us to diversify our career paths. I then took up presenting for a gospel show on SABC2 and that is when I met Israel Houghton,” said Du Plessis.
During an interview at a concert, they shouted that she should sing and although she did not, si months later Israel Houghton came back looking for her.
“Somebody called me to tell me that Israel was trying to meet me and that is how we connected and my life changed forever. I didn’t even audition for him because he said on the night that I asked the question, God showed him that I needed to be a part of what they were doing regardless of hearing me sing,” she said.
The 12 years that accompanied her saw her touring the world with the band, sharing stages with heavyweights such as Darlene Zcech, Mary Mary, and Fred Hammon among others.
“When I think about it, to this day I am still in awe about that period of my life. I used to see documentaries of artists in tour buses and to think that I was in five or six different buses touring is mind-blowing.”
Returning to SA in 2018, it was time to put her national diploma in drama to use. She started performing commercials, and two theatre productions before getting her comeback TV role on House of Zwide.
“I had felt a strong urge to come back home but before that, I decided to use my remaining years in the US to their fullest. At that time the band was not traveling.
“Auditioning in New York was super tough but I learned a lot there. Realizing that I needed to have money saved up for things like accommodation while auditioning, I ended up working at Amazon’s warehouse for almost two years,” she said, laughing.
“Coming home was also for my parents because they were older, regardless of having work lined up there. I just trusted my heart that I needed to come home. I came home in July and in December of that year, my mother had a heart attack,” she said, adding that her mother is recovering well.
Asking if there will be an album after the single, she said she was not sure but music would continue to be part of her. “I hope my story teaches others that the world is our oyster and there’s so much available for us,” she said.