Danny O’Donoghue has advised Andrea Begley to begin work on her debut album straight away, she has revealed.
The 26 year old singer won The Voice last Saturday night, triumphing over fellow finalists Leah McFall, Matt Henry and Mike Ward and her mentor is keen for her to achieve more than last year’s winner.
Leanne Mitchell failed to win a place in the UK top 40 with her winner’s single ‘Run To You’ and this month, when she released her debut album it sold a little more over 800 copies in it’s first week and peaked at 134 in the album charts.
Speaking to The Belfast Telegraph Andrea admitted that Danny wants more from her now she’s inked a deal with Universal Records and she explained that he wants her to get her new music out ‘as quickly as possible.’
“Danny has said he wants to help me with the album. He’s advised me to get it out as quickly as possible, not a rushed job, but just to get it out there soon.
“I’ll be having lots of meetings this week with Universal and management. It’s all so exciting because I’ve never worked with anyone of this calibre before.”
Begley’s life is about to change in a big way and she’s moving away from home for the first time due to her win. The former civil servant will now move from Northern Ireland to London to pursue a music career and she can’t quite believe it’s all happening so quickly.
Andrea (and her mum) didn’t expect to come so far on the BBC show.
“I’m still in a complete state of shock,” she said. “It really hasn’t hit home yet. It’s just crazy. But I’m absolutely thrilled and am so grateful to everyone at home for the huge support I’ve received.
“In terms of the bookmakers, Leah was the favourite to win, and if I’m being honest, I thought she’d done it as well. From my own point of view, I just went out there and did exactly what I’d been doing all along, singing the songs I felt a connection with.”
When the final result was announced Will.i.am stormed off stage and started a bit of a Twitter rant about how his contestant Leah should have taken the title.
Begley has no hard feelings towards the Black Eyed Peas star or Leah’s other supporters and she continued:
“I totally understand that Leah’s supporters were disappointed she didn’t win, I really get that, because she has huge support. But it was the public who voted for me and I’m going to make a success of this to say thank you to everyone who picked up the phones.
“And Leah is going to be a huge star. Will is 150% behind her and wants to work with her. She is an amazing talent and a lovely person and will be very successful.”
Andrea’s living quite the celebrity life now and her last week has been one filled with interviews, photo shoots and parties. She tweeted yesterday saying:
“Full afternoon of press and then off to the OK! party! Can’t wait!!”
“On my way to @OK_Magazine party at London Zoo. Excited to party :)”
The partially sighted singer looks on course to make the top 20 in the singles chart this weekend and in the official midweek figures she was sitting at number 19 with her version of Evanescence’s My Immortal.
McFall meanwhile had three songs in the UK top 40 on Wednesday. Her version of I Will Always Love You is at number 22, while I Will Survive is at 24 and Killing Me Softly is 34.
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