Athy student Carolann Haskins is progressing well on RTE’s new show The Voice of Ireland. Chosen by Blizzards’ frontman Bressie, she is currently battling it out for a place in the live finals.
She will feature in the battle round fighing for a place in the finals on Sunday, February 26.
Speaking to the Leader, the 22-year-old described her first audition on television: “You just don’t know what to expect. I didn’t watch any of the other auditions so you just didn’t know what to expect, but I was very relaxed,” she said.
From McDonald Drive in Athy, Carolann has big musical ambitions. She recently received a diploma in music from the Ballyferrmot College.
Writing and performing her own songs in country style since she was young, Carolann has done a lot of gigs with different musicians and her own band. “The type of music that I sing is different to most people in Ireland,” she explained.
Music is in her blood. Her dad John Haskins was in a band when she was younger and she loved watching him play. “I’d love to follow in his footsteps.
“I’m delighted now. I’m a songwriter, writing my own stuff. I’m going to go for the music now and Voice of Ireland is a great opportunity.”
What about her charming mentor? “It’s funny. He was the frontman of the Blizzards but I see him now as a normal person. He is very down-to-earth and helpful.”