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Castletownroche girl Shannon Murphy doesn't usually suffer from nerves. But the girl who has played support to Jack L and John Spillane admits to being "terrified" just before she went onstage at the blind auditions for the RTE talent competition The Voice.
"I was grand that morning but just before I went on I was sick with nerves," 18 year old Shannon told The Avondhu this week.
In any event she had nothing to worry about, her unique rendition of the Taylor Swift song 'We are never getting back together' wowing coaches Bressie, Kian Egan and Sharon Corrr who all turned around. Jamelia said the only reason she didn't turn around was because she already had two girls with similar voices to Shannon's. But, she said, it was "a gorgeous performance, flawless."
Bressie told Shannon it was "a really, really, really good performance" and that he saw her as a recording artist. Kian Egan and Sharon Corr were equally complimentary but, in the end, Shannon decided to go with Bressie.
Shannon performed some time ago at the auditions which were broadcast on Sunday night so she went on Facebook to alert her friends to the fact that she was on Sunday night's edition.
"The support I've received has been brilliant," she said. She watched her performance at home in Castletownroche on Sunday night with her mum, Siobhan Armstrong, brother Feon, her nanny Mary Murphy and an aunt. "We were all very excited," her proud grandmother said.
Shannon says she's always sung but only took up the guitar four years ago. She won the regional section of the Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMA's) in 2011.
Asked how she'd react if a song was chosen for her to sing that she didn't like, she said she would try her best with whatever song was chosen for her but if she felt it wasn't working out she'd speak up and say so. The next stage of the popular competition will see Shannon battle it out onstage with another competitior in a sing-off. There's a good chance that may be broadcast this Sunday evening so supporters take note!
Shannon is studying musical performance, a FETAC course, at Colaiste an Chraoibhín in Fermoy and would love, more than anything, to make a career in music. Judging by Sunday night's performance, she's off to a good start.
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