,I've got Will.i.am to thank for amazing year, says Leah
FROM singing in her local church to performing for millions on TV, it's been a whirlwind of a year for Leah McFall.
And the Co Antrim singer says she has her mentor, Will.i.am, to thank.
Leah came second in the British version of The Voice, but that hasn't stopped her from recording an album.
Speaking of her Black Eyed Peas mentor, the 25-year-old said: "Will.i.am was my coach on the show - when I did I Will Survive and Loving You he said, 'I want to work with you and I want to get you into a studio'.
"He followed through - he really loved my voice and I obviously really respected him and looked up to him. It's been an amazing year."
After the show wrapped, former fashion student Leah, from Newtownabbey, went on tour with Will.i.am, performing at both the Grammys and a gala in honour of her musical heroine Carole King.
Speaking of her mentor's quirky on-screen persona, Leah said: "He's no different behind the scenes, but we're both a bit weird so it's all good. He's very good at impressions. He makes me cackle. He's a very funny man."
Leah was quickly snapped up by Capitol Records, and with 30 tracks under her belt already she's waiting to see how her single, Home, does in the charts when it's released on Sunday.
Leah thinks the song is the perfect introduction for her upcoming album.
"You just want to realise how much your wee home means and there's no place like it. I felt it was quite special," she told TV Now.
Despite her new globe-trotting lifestyle, Leah occasionally longs for her home comforts, tweeting on Monday about "missing my uncle's Ulster fry at Seasons Cafe" in Carrickfergus.
Her debut album, Weird to Wonderful, is due to be released this autumn, most likely in October, and fans can expect the same eclectic mix of tracks that she showcased during her time on The Voice.
"We've got some soul tracks and then a couple of ballads that I literally wept writing and performing. It's my baby, I'm proud of it," she said.