Limerick singers hit high note on Voice of Ireland

TWO Limerick based singers have made it through to the battle stages of The Voice of Ireland and are one step closer to realising their ambition of a lifetime.

TWO Limerick based singers have made it through to the battle stages of The Voice of Ireland and are one step closer to realising their ambition of a lifetime.

Tammy Browne, a 30 year-old professional singer, who was previously on You’re a Star, has now been taken under the wing of Sharon Corr in the second stage of the process. A singer with the band Radioshack, Tammy said it was an easy decision to choose which judge to mentor her. “She’s just a lady and she’s so easy to work with,” she said.

While she auditioned previously to go on tour for Sharon Corr, now a solo singer and a renowned violinist, in the end the singer decided not to bring any backing vocalist with her. However, both ladies were eager to work with each other again, as Tammy beat off the advances of competing judge and mentor Kian Egan of Westlife, who described her as an “amazing singer”.

She auditioned to be part of the RTE show last October, deciding this could be her “last chance”, and the Kildare native said she is “absolutely over the moon” to be on the show. She is taking a break from studying counselling to take part in the show, and is volunteering with groups in Moyross.

Aoife McLoughlin from Raheen and a journalism student at the University of Limerick was also chosen by Sharon Corr for the upcoming ‘battle stages’.

The 29 year-old’s first song during the blind audition was Bang Bang by Nancy Sinatra, while Tammy chose Alone by Heart.

“I know all of the rest of them [the judges] are really popular, but my instinct was to go with her. If I want someone to hone in on my vocal abilities it should be Sharon Corr,” she said. In the battle stage, each of the four judges has a team of 12 acts each and has to divide their team into duos and set them a song they must sing together. On Sunday night, the duos will battle it out on stage in front of a live audience, and the coach will have to choose only one person from the duo to proceed to the live shows. The live shows begin on March 17.