Voice recognition for singer Ward

Singing to impress: Lisa Ward performs on The Voice. Photo courtesy of BBC
Singing to impress: Lisa Ward performs on The Voice. Photo courtesy of BBC

Singer Lisa Ward is part of “Team Tom” following her appearance of the BBC’s prime time entertainment show The Voice.

Ward is well known to isles’ music fans with her regular performances at the monthly singer-songwriter nights in Mareel, as well as with her rock band Deathstar Canteen.

But on The Voice she had a different audience – including Sir Tom Jones – as she sought to impress judges on the show which is on the lookout for the music scene’s next big thing. Ward’s performance of Weak by Skunk Anansie was enough to gain the interest of the Welsh singing legend and music producer Will.i.am, who turned first. But she decided “I’m gonna go Tom” to complete his team of 12, which she said was “purely on instinct”.

Before the screening of this week’s episode of The Voice, Ward told The Shetland Times, it had been difficult keeping news of her success. Her audition in Manchester was in the autumn and Ward said the experience had been “surreal”.

She said: “It’s been quite a long wait, so it’s really nice to finally get it [the news] out there. Especially in a small community where I have been spending a lot of time going to various place on the mainland.”

Ward was supported in Manchester by her parents Angus and Sandra, sister Sarah and boyfriend Craig Birnie.

More reaction from Ward, and news of her new EP, in next week’s Shetland Times.


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  • David Spence

    • February 21st, 2015 23:31

    I wish Lisa, well in her singing career, but being a talented musician I am sure she will use her talent not only in the instruments, but her singing as well. In today’s pop and manufactured music, she is a rare talent. Keep your musical skill and talent going, Lisa. Don’t let the multinationals dictate your love for music lol

    • Steven Jarmson

      • February 28th, 2015 11:20

      Its the voice, not the x-factor.
      So far all of the voice people have stuck to their music not the music choices of Radio 1 listeners!!!
      I watched the voice episode last week, Lisa will need to up her game, there’s an awful lot of good singers against her.

  • David Spence

    • February 28th, 2015 12:39

    I agree Steven, Lisa may have to up her performance to gain further in the competition.

    Personally speaking, this competition, like the X-Factor, BGT (to a degree) and similar competitions, I think, should not only about singing ability, but also musical talent and skill as well. Lisa, has both in abundance.

    I know, from a commercial point of view (and it is driven purely for commercial reasons and nothing else – One Direction, Spice Girls, Boyzone, Westlife etc etc (a classic example of where musical talent is not used but the commercial aspect is given greater precedence)) the emphasis is on manufactured tripe to sell to those people who wouldn’t know musical skill and talent if it hit them in the face due to their brainwashed conditioning of what music has become now. This, very much, does a dis-service to those people who are genuinely gifted and talented at music (all round). It has now got to the stage where people employed to play other peoples music are put on the same pedestal as those who are actually talented at music. This, again, the subtle brainwashing and conditioning in society to believe that DJ’s are actually on the same level of skill and talent (mainly due to technology rather than skill) as those people to whom they play their music. Another example where this form of marketing does music a dis-service and nothing else.


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