‘Corr’ blimey as Alan shines

VIEWERS of ‘the Voice of Ireland’ were treated to a sensational performance by Tullamore native, Alan Lawlor, on the show’s latest blind audition.

VIEWERS of ‘the Voice of Ireland’ were treated to a sensational performance by Tullamore native, Alan Lawlor, on the show’s latest blind audition.

And, the performer is now hopeful that he will get through the next stage as he faces into the forthcoming battle stages of the competition.

Having wooed the show’s coaches with his version of Michael Buble’s hit, ‘Everything’ on last week’s show, Alan was faced with a decision about which coach to go with as Kian Egan, Sharon Corr and Brian Kennedy all turned around to support his performance.

A former pupil of Tullamore college, Alan has had an interest in music from a young age, playing the guitar, the clarinet, the saxophone, the bodhran and the tine whistle as well as singing.

With his strong, husky voice, Alan is a full time musician with the Irish Army band, as well as the leader in a five piece band with musical influences that include Imelda May, Paulo Nutini and the Beatles. He’s not short of a variety of musical experience which includes playing during the Queen’s visit to Ireland and the inauguration of the new President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

Now living in Westmeath, the singer was happy enough with his recent performance on the show. He did, however, admit that the nerves were apparent in his voice. “But, I felt that I came across well on the night,” he enthused.

According to Alan, it was his wife, Nichola, who encouraged him to audition for the show, saying it would be good for him “to boost his profile”. The musician is also a song writer and said that exposure on the show might also help him on this front. “You need a bigger platform to get into this area,” he added.

Before taking to the stage last week, the father of three admitted that he was a bit apprehensive about the performance. “I just want to sing the song well and really put myself into the song, like I wrote it myself.”

On the night, the 27 year old decided to go with Sharon after he was faced with the decision of which coach he wanted to go into the battle stages with and he is delighted with his choice as he looks forward to to the competition’s next stages.

Talking about the singer after last week’s performance, Sharon felt that Alan’s performance was “infectious”. “It is a great and it’s infectious song but I felt you also brought your brand of joy to it. I would love to work with you. I would love to see how far we can go in this competition together. It is up to you now.”

Following his performance, Alan pointed out that he had to go with Sharon because she instilled confidence in him even though the performance was over.

He now believes that Sharon’s great knowledge of the industry will be beneficial to him. “She will bring a lot to the table and will give me a lot of advice.” Reckoning that Sharon’s success as a musician is what appealed to him, Alan is now hopeful that he will progress through the next stages.