Isles singer-songwriter Lisa Ward is to appear on TV screens across the UK when she performs on hit BBC talent show The Voice on Saturday.
The powerful singer, known for her solo gigs as well as shows with rockers Deathstar Canteen, beat thousands of hopefuls for a chance to wow judges Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson, Rita Ora and Will.i.am.
After a number of auditions, Ward, 26, a former marketing officer for Shetland Arts, performed with the live band at the BBC’s studios in Manchester.
However, she has had to keep her good news under wraps and is sworn to secrecy about whether or not she gets “a turn” from the judges.
“It’s been quite a long wait, so it’s really nice to finally get it out there,” she said.
“Especially in a small community where I have been spending a lot of time going to various places on the mainland.”
Ward faced stiff competition – with 40,000 singers being sifted down to 100, and only 48 will be picked by the judges.
Her family and friends attended the audition and will be cramming into her home this weekend to watch her performance on TV.
It’s a busy time for Ward, whose EP Liminal has now gone online.
The five-track record, cut at Mareel is also available on iTunes.
The Voice will be shown at 7pm on Saturday.
For more see Friday’s Shetland Times.