Tuesday 20 August 2019

WATCH: Irish singer Sharon Murphy moves Tom Jones to tears on 'The Voice UK'

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish singer Sharon Murphy moved Tom Jones to tears with her rendition of 'Forever Young' on The Voice UK.

Prior to her performance Sharon (52) revealed she had had a difficult upbringing in a orphanage in Co Clare and sees singing as a "solace".

“I grew up in an orphanage in Ireland. It was quite a painful place. Not knowing who my family is made me feel isolated ad lonely. As a black Irish I did experience at times being treated differently. It was scary but it was family and it was home. It’s what I knew.

"As a singer songwriter I use my personal experience through music and it has been a real solace for me. It has been a healer.”

Sharon's outstanding performance prompted coaches Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson to turn their chairs at the last minute.  However, all four judges had high praise for her.

Will.i.am said she had a "magical gift", adding "I'm so happy this show has someone as wonderful as you are."

Sharon Murphy
Sharon Murphy

Rita Ora said, "Before I let them two fight over you I have to say I was truly mesmerised. It was like you put a spell on me. I think you have a lot to give!”

Tom Jones said, "You touched me. You came through to me. You hit me in the heart. It cuts right through to my heart. You just did that for me."

He continued,  "I think there is something that happens when you get older and experience from life. If you can express it through your voice then you need to have lived a while and that is what I am getting from you. I don’t think a young girl could sing like you sing. They haven’t lived long enough.”

Ricky said her performance was "marvellous and incredible" but Sharon chose to join Team Tom.  Ricky conceded it was the right decision for Sharon.

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