A local singer will be coached by Tom Jones after reaching the final stages of a TV talent show.
Barbara Bryceland appeared on BBC’s ‘The Voice’ last weekend and impressed the judges with her rendition of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Wild Horses’. Sir Tom selected the grandmother from Redding as one of the 10 singers he will coach.
Barbara (47), who regularly performs at La Banca and Behind the Wall, said she was overwhelmed with the response from the public.
“I loved the American version of ‘The Voice’ so I knew I had to apply. I didn’t know who the judges were going to be, but liked the idea you are judged on your voice.
“Only 100 out of 35,000 people get to the final audition, so I was really pleased to even get that far.”
Barbara was delighted to discover Sir Tom was judging, alongside Jessie J, Will. I. Am and Danny O’Donoghue.
She said “Tom Jones is an idol of mine. I grew up listening to his albums. I told myself I wouldn’t get nervous and would treat singing in front of him like any other gig and I think I did pretty well. I just sang to the audience. But when Tom’s chair turned around I lost it a bit.
Almost 10 million people watched Barbara on ‘The Voice’ with a You Tube clip viewed close to 30,000 times.
Gran to Mia (3) and Craig (19 months) Barbara is shocked by the attention.
She said: “During the day, I’m your normal gran looking after the kids in my leggings or up at the horse stables in mucky clothes so I’ve not been recognised much by strangers. But my phone hasn’t stopped ringing with people congratulating me.
“I can’t really get my head around just how many people have watched me and I’m looking forward to what happens next. I’m afraid I’m not allowed to say what that is though!”
Barbara is in La Banca tomorrow (Friday) and is next in Behind the Wall on April 21.