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Despite winning the show last year, Stevie McCrorie won’t be tuning in to watch The Voice when its fifth series kicks off this weekend – instead, he’ll be performing live and signing copies of his debut album for fans in Edinburgh.
The Scottish singer, who was mentored by Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson on the show, will celebrate the release Big World, his first studio album, with a live performance and signing session at HMV on Princes Street on Saturday, 9 January.
Stevie, who performed at the Hard Rock Rocks Edinburgh festival back in June, has been working on the self-penned album since August. “The Voice was always a stepping stone to becoming the artist I want to be,” he explained. “I didn’t want to take the easy route. I wanted to take the harder approach to prove I am a songwriter. The public want to hear something real.”
His former mentor, Ricky, has already tweeted his support for the album, asking those who voted for the former fighter to win the show to “prove you were right by buying his album on Friday.”
When The Voice returns to our screens on Saturday, Ricky and fellow coach will.i.am will be joined by Paloma Faith and Boy George. The pair were drafted in to replace to Rita Ora, who left to join The X Factor, and Tom Jones, who was controversially axed last year.
Speaking about his new role as a coach on the programme, Boy George said: “I’m a huge fan of the show and have watched and engaged with it from Series One. If I can help someone to win I will be delighted.
“What a wonderful opportunity to share my experiences and help someone move forward with their musical career.”
Paloma added: “I’m really excited about working with creative people who are there not just to be great singers, but also innovative personalities and performers.
“I have a long history of helping break artists as, in my club nights, I booked Kate Nash, Adele and The Noisettes before they hit the big time, and four of my band members have gone on to pursue successful solo careers.
“I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into something that cultivates the talents of another person and takes the focus off myself for a bit.”
Stevie McCrorie, HMV, Princes Street, Edinburgh, Saturday 9 January, 4:30pm, 0843 221 0188.
Words: Amy Anderson