Voice appearance for Dunmore’s Ashley

Ashley Loftus

Ashley Loftus

Dunmore East singer-songwriter Ashley Loftus is to feature on this Sunday’s The Voice of Ireland on RTE One.

She’ll be performing Damien Rice’s The Blower’s Daughter to the 4-judge panel, in the hope of making it to the series’ live shows in May.

Ashley works as a freelance digital marketing manager and is based at Central Arts on The Quay, where she helps co-ordinate the venue’s eclectic live music programme. She’s been singing for a few years but it took her quite a while to pluck up the courage to perform in public, she says.

“I would have always sang in my own bedroom but nobody – not even my Mam – knew about it. A few years ago I plucked up the courage to enter a singing competition in Dunmore, the O Factor. I came second so I entered again the following year and I won. The prize was ten hours recording time at Trevor Darmody’s Waterford Academy of Music and the Arts (WAMA) and it was really the encouragement I got from Trevor that helped to get my confidence up and made me think maybe I could enter something like The Voice.”
Ashley was tight-lipped about how she did on the prerecorded Voice show and would not be drawn on whether any of the judges, Kian Egan, Bressie, Una Foden or Rachel Stevens, turned around and selected her for their ‘live shows’ team. “It was a great experience at the time, getting their feedback but I am really nervous at the thought of people watching me on the TV…I’m going to be mortified, to be honest.”

Tune in to RTE One this Sunday at 6.30pm to see how Ashley gets on.

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