Leah McFall Does Loving You by Minnie Ripperton

Posted on June 03, 2013

Wow, I hadn’t been that impressed by Will-I-Am’s choice of artists in ‘The Voice’. But when he put through Leah McFall without having to compete for her place and then she show pieced the Minnie Riperton ‘Loving You’ track, I just thought he might have the winner here. What an amazing cover that would make, she took the high notes even higher, I thought at the time, than Minnie did way back in her heyday in 1975, a song I remember well in a year I will never forget. School leaving age is a time that you cement in your memory, a marker year that helps you recall a thing or two in what is generally a blur as the years speed by.

But then I decided to play Minnie Riperton back just to be sure, and to be honest I think she just edges it. I have included her video as well to help you decide who you think really hit the high notes. That doesn’t take it away from Leah though, that performance was top drawer and she justified exactly why she had got the free pass. So now I am looking forward to see what else she can offer in the live finals and also to find out if she is in fact going to go on to win the show. Have a look at the video and see if you hear what heard and whether you think it might just have been a bit special.

All that said winning The Voice this year is not going to be easy for anyone, every one of the coaches has got at least one potential winner and I think they all made a pretty good choice over the free pass. Anyway, time will tell and we will soon be watching the final, so remember you heard it here, Leah McFall to win the voice. Why? Because she has the broadest appeal for the people that vote, she is a pop artist not a country singer, folk singer or a rocker. Not that there is anything wrong with any of those genres, well maybe country is a bit iffy, they just have their own niches and less of a general following. And at the end of the day it is going to votes that carry people through to the final position from here on in and the broader your appeal, the more votes you are likely to get.

No doubt if she gets knocked out next week, I will have to eat humble pie. But even if I do the video is staying published. Because it was, after all, a pretty sensational performance by a pretty impressive performer.

Bo Bruce – One to Watch from the Voice on BBC

Posted on June 03, 2012

I have to say that I don’t normally write about talent shows, especially when they have only just been aired, I made an exception a little while ago with Rebecca Ferguson, after an appropriate period of time had passed, and now I am doing it again with Bo Bruce. Although no appropriate period required in this case. I watched her performance of ‘Charlie Brown’, originally written and released by Coldplay, last week on The Voice, and considered that it was this performance that got her through to the final show.

The original version of the track included a reference to Charlie Brown the famous ‘Peanuts’cartoon character, but it was taken out by the time the track was officially released, so there isn’t actually any relationship between the song and the character now, other than it remained the title as the band struggled to come up with an alternative title.

So what was it that caught my attention with this particular performance, well it was really just the way she seemed to get lost in the music, forgetting where she was and producing a fabulous version of the Coldplay track. Obviously that was the opinion of Bo herself and her mentor Danny O’Donoghue, a main segment of the band ‘The Script’, because she then chose the track as her favourite performance to repeat in the live finals. The featured video however is the original performance, because that is the one that caught my attention, although it was just as good in the live finals, albeit jazzed up a bit with some black lighting effects. Hope you enjoy the video, plus the original Coldplay version that has been included for comparison.

So is she one to watch? She didn’t actually win, that honour went to Leanne Mitchell who was mentored by Tom Jones, but for me Bo Bruce has something a little different to offer. A fresh sound and a great stage presence. I definitely think she is one to watch and although she didn’t get this record deal, I just can’t imagine there isn’t a single producer out there that didn’t see what I saw. It looked a bit like Danny O’Donoghue was more than a little taken with her as well.

I guess the writing was on the wall for Leanne to take the title and the record deal when she had Tom Jones and Jessy J in tears with her performance of ‘Run to You’, a Whitney Houston classic. Which in truth is fair enough because the program was called the voice and she certainly had that aspect nailed. Plus with the recent passing of Whitney there was always going to be an interest in a singer that could perform to the standard set by Whitney when she was at her best.

I have popped her performance in here out of fairness, because it was actually pretty damn good and a deserving winner on the day. The other performances by Tyler and Vince weren’t bad either, but I guess you can work out who my top two favourites were.