Monday 18 December 2017

Andrew's unique voice wows Kian Egan on The Voice

By Esther Hayden

Andrew Berry performing on the Voice of Ireland 2016.
Andrew Berry performing on the Voice of Ireland 2016.
Andrew's anxious family with RTE's Eoghan McDermott.
Andrew Berry's family, dad Eddie, mum Geraldine, sister Kayleigh and brother Jack with RTE's Eoin McDermott delighted after Kian Egan turned around.
Andrew Berry performing at the live auditions on The Voice on Sunday night.
Andrew Berry performing on the Voice of Ireland 2016.
Andrew Berry performing on the Voice of Ireland 2016.

Talented Wexford singer songwriter Andrew Berry has made it through to the battle stages of the Voice of Ireland.

Andrew Berry from Whitebrook got the surprise of his life when he received a call from the show's team telling him he had made it through to the blind auditions as he actually hadn't applied. 'My dad Eddie applied on my behalf without telling me so I got a huge shock when I got the call.

'I wasn't expecting it and all and my dad said just go and see what happens. I'm here because of him.'

Eddie said 19-year-old Andrew had started showing an interest in music, singing and guitar playing since the age of 12. 'He just kept progressing and amazing me. I'm very proud of him.'

Andrew said that performing in front of the judges had been a nerve-wrecking experience but said it had been great. 'I've a bit of a unique voice, it has a strange tone to it.'

Andrew impressed judge Kian Egan on the day with his performance of Dancing on my Own from Robyn. Kian said he is delighted to have Andrew on his team. He said 'once you got into it and your tone started opening up I thought to myself that this is a really interesting singer. When we hear a tone that's what we need to go for. I definitely want you on my team.'

Kian said Andrew is exactly the kind of singer he likes to work with saying he just needs a 'confidence boost'.

He also tipped Andrew as a singer to watch in the competition. 'I thought Andrew was really killing it. I think everyone missed a trick with him. He's one to watch.'

Although he didn't turn around Bressie said that he thought Andrew was a 'really quirky singer'.

Andrew said that before he took to the stage he was fairly nervous as he was one of the last singers to perform on the day appearing as the final singer on last Sunday night's show. He went to the blind auctions with his parents, Eddie and Geraldine and younger siblings Jack and Kayleigh. He said his whole family were very proud of his performance. When it came to picking a song to perform Andrew said he had 'tried to pick one would suit his voice'.

Andrew is now preparing for the battles stage of the competition while also continuing his studies in song writing at the BIMM Institute in Dublin. Andrew is a familiar face to many having performed exceptionally well at last year's Wexford's Got Talent competition.

Wexford People

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