The Sats in Ireland and my advice for budding musicians
I want to tell you about what the Sats were up to last weekend in Ireland. After a mad dash from Scotland where I’d been for my cousin’s wedding, I flew to Dublin to join the girls where we were performing on the Irish version of The Voice.
The girl I did a duet with, Kelly, was due to have a baby any minute so it was touch and go as to whether she was going to be able to come but she made it. She was an absolutely fantastic singer and I think she’s got lots of potential. We sang Pink’s Perfect together and she came second in the end. As a group, we performed our first-ever number one single What About Us and Issues. The entire performance was live which always brings extra pressure but it comes with a special buzz too.
My parents were sat in the audience and it was brilliant to have them both there. I’m very lucky in that they’ve always supported me in everything I do. Music runs in the family. My uncle, Declan Nerney, is a well-known country singer back in Ireland. He taught me a lot and was a great source of inspiration for me when I was growing up and he still is now.
My advice to anyone wanting a career in the music industry is that you have be persistent. If you’re auditioning for TV shows like The Voice or The X Factor and you’re not getting through the rounds, it is possible to still have a successful career ‚ÄĒ I’m living proof of that. I did a couple of auditions for TV shows when I was younger and although I made it through the first few rounds, I never made it onto the live shows. It didn’t put me off though, I guess it just wasn’t my time and decided that everything happens for a reason.
It’s very important to get as much experience as you possibly can because you just never know where a little gig in a pub might lead you. When I was starting out, I took my guitar and played all over the country. I did lots of cover gigs and introduced a few of my own tracks too. I performed anywhere that would have me. They weren’t very glamorous venues, often they’d be in pubs or hotel bars. But when I auditioned for the Sats, the confidence that I’d gained from live experience really paid off.
So follow your dreams! I wish you lots of luck.