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Wednesday 16 April 2014

I’ve lost touch with The Voice winner Keith Hanley admits Jamelia

Jamelia
Jamelia

JAMELIA has cut her ties to The Voice of Ireland winner Keith Hanley after becoming increasingly frustrated with his record label Universal.

The singer said that she lost touch with Keith over the course of the year.

“I haven't kept in contact with Keith,” she told the Herald.

 “I was really peeved off because I wasn't allowed to be part of his creative journey as an artist.

“Universal didn't want me involved in that side of things. So I had to separate myself from him and that was really horrible,” she said.

The situation was doubly frustrating given how closely Bressie worked with 2012 winner Pat Byrne after he won the competition.

“I wasn't allowed to be part of that creative side of the process at all,” Jamelia said. “It was difficult, I wanted to help him and give him advice – I've been doing this for 15 years. I know what I'm talking about, I know my stuff.

“I am not a record label exec and have never been one but it is hard to take,” she added. “I just wish him the best forever and ever and ever.”

Since he won the show, Keith’s success has been marginal, his first single Beggin' failed to make it into the Irish top 30 and he's hardly made the headlines since nabbing top spot.

The next series of The Voice of Ireland will return to our screens in January 2014 and mum of two Jamelia says she feels a lot more confident this time.

“I feel a lot more comfortable and confident in my role. I think I know what I'm doing and I'm enjoying it more this year,” she said.

This year, Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan will replace Sharon Corr and Jamelia says she's a great addition.

“Dolores is wicked. She is as mad as a box of frogs,” she said.

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