SHETLAND singer songwriter Lisa Ward said participating in the BBC talent show The Voice has been a huge benefit to her development as a musician.
The 26 year old from Burra made it into the last 48 of the contest after she attracted the interest of two of the four celebrity coaches, and chose to join Tom Jones’ team to move to the next stage.
She said the time from the first audition at Lerwick’s Mareel in May last year to finally reaching the TV contest had been an “amazing journey” that at times felt “surreal”.
Ward will be back on television in early April for the finale of The Voice.
Until then, she said, she wants to focus on her career as a musician.
“I hope to get my singer/songwriter material out there and let people hear my songs, because I always thought of myself first and foremost as a songwriter rather than just a singer,” she said.
“I just released an EP, I will promote that, and play gigs as much as I can.”
She said she had never expected to get as far “as the TV bit”, but is understandably pleased with her progress and grateful for the support she received as a singer.
“It has been a massive change for me; it has boosted my confidence a lot.
“I think I am a better singer after all this, I feel more confident in my voice, and there is a fair bit of vocal training provided as well as feedback as part of the process.
“It made a huge difference, I feel I can access places in my voice that I couldn’t before. My range is better and my tone is stronger – it has all been of huge benefit to me.”
The show can be watched again on BBC iPlayer at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0546w32/the-voice-uk-series-4-7-blind-auditions-7
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