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.