Sunday 22 April 2018

Former The Voice Ireland contestant embarks on new career jamming with babies

Carrie Haskins
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A former contestant of The Voice Ireland is busy hosting “baby jam” classes, while being eight months pregnant herself.

Carrie Haskins, a singer songwriter from Kildare, is due a baby boy next month but decided to start teaching music to babies earlier this month.

“It doesn’t feel like work, I get to hang out with them for a number of hours.”

“We all sit in a circle with the parents and we do music and games and have a bag of instruments for them to explore. Little drums and percussion instruments and I bring keyboards as well.”

Haskins, who reached the battle stages of “The Voice”, Ireland in 2011, released her new album ‘Last Rites’ on Wednesday which she co-wrote with her partner Paul Costello.

“We went in 2016 to Nashville, I won a bursary from the Kildare Arts grant. I picked the theme of Last Rites for the album. It was a song that came to me straight away.”

“I’d like to return to Nashville some day. Every night we played somewhere different. They looked run down, they were like houses from the outside

Maybe try to live over there in a few years

In 2012, Carrie donated her song, “Mine’’ to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation as the backing track for Jonathan Irwin’s story about his son Jack .  This video reached over one million people during the first week after its release.

Now, the singer is patiently sitting tight, and waiting for the word to spread online once again.

“It takes time, on Facebook, YouTube, and all online distrubtion channels, hopefully it’ll get picked up.”

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