AT 16, Reece Balen was awarded a high-school basketball scholarship to tour the United States but his mum and dad wouldn't let him go.
"Everything happens for a reason," said Balen, now 21.
It sure does.
If it wasn't for him not going, who knows if the Kellyville point guard would have been on The Voice stage last week to turn pop princess Kylie Minogue's chair with Blackstreet's hit No Diggity.
VIDEO: Click on the arrow below to hear their performance of No Diggity.
"That was probably the biggest surprise," he said, referring to Minogue turning — not US rapper/producer Will i Am.
"Honestly, the fact anyone turned for us — we're so proud."
On stage with him was former The Hills Hornets teammate Tino Mukundwa, a former Arthur Phillip High School student with whom he'd never sung in public before.
"It would've been just under a year now. We were just chilling at his house one day and he asked 'Do you wanna have a quick jam session?"' Balen said of Mukundwa, also 21.
"We put up two cover videos on YouTube and The Voice hit us up.
"As kids growing up we both always wanted to play in the NBA [the top professional basketball league in North America] but music's always been a passion for both of us, too.
"I'm an emcee so I personally do freestyle and Tito sings. Whenever I'd hear a breakdown as a kid — just the beat player — I'd freestyle over it."
The pair are now working on an EP.
"If anyone else into this style of music gets inspired to give it a go, we're definitely an advocate!" said Balen.