Monday 24 October 2016

I've been writing new music for a year, reveals Una Foden


Una Foden
Una Foden

We're used to seeing her on stage as part of top girl band The Saturdays, but Una Foden (right)has revealed she may come out with a solo record soon.

The Tipperary native is currently focused on mentoring her acts on the Voice of Ireland, with the semi-finals this weekend.

She has been working away on her own music in her spare time.

While the band are taking a break to focus on separate projects, she says there's no fear of them splitting up.

"I've been song writing for over a year now," she told the Diary, adding that the she first wrote music when she was just 12-years-old. However, she said that she's returned to it due to her ambition to release her own record.

"I've really been focussing on it recently because one day I would love to put out an album of music that I really enjoy and love.

"There's no immediate plans but it's definitely in the pipeline," she added.

The 33-year-old has been based at home in Thurles while working on the popular reality show, and while her remaining acts Patrick Donoghue and John Sheehy have huge talent, Una admits there is a snobbery around reality TV.


"I would encourage anyone who wants to be a singer to go on and audition for a show like this. Some people have a snobbery towards it where they think 'Oh I wouldn't go on a talent show', but you should, it's a great experience," she said.

"Plus it's a great way to meet people. I know all my contestants are saying they've all become so close and they're having a great time together.

"Auditioning for reality shows is like a job interview for singers - they're great for experience and you don't have to even go far on the show or win it to do well.

"I auditioned for Popstars and You're A Star. I didn't go the whole way but that experience stood to me," she added.

There has been lots of controversy surrounding song choice this season and Una says she makes sure her acts feel confident in what they're singing.

"I try to give them options," she said. "I think it's really important because you can have a great singer but when you give them the wrong songs it might not work out for them, so it's really important," she added.

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