A Tipperary Town singer who made a musical comeback this year has hit the national stage after a successful appearance on The Voice last Sunday night.
Twenty two year old Emma Collins was given the thumbs up by Jamelia which sent her through to the next stage of the competition.
Emma and her family were joined by friends to watch the show, which had been pre-recorded, on Sunday night at the Ned Kelly bar where she works.
“I was delighted to be picked by Jamelia, she turned around so quickly, I was stunned,” said Emma who sang a Kane West song ‘Touch the Sky’.
“I am really looking forward to working with Jamelia and making it to the battle stage of the show,” she said.
Emma is a daughter of John and Josephine and she has five brothers and three sisters.
Her older sister Edel put her forward for the show and she attended the auditions with her mother.
“The auditions were terrifying. About 4,000 people went for it and it was narrowed down to forty five and thankfully I made it on to the show and it was a bonus to have one of the judges pick me,” said Emma.
Emma said she always loved music and singing but had let her interest lapse for a few years before taking it up this year again after encouragement from her family.
“I joined the choir in my national school but when I went to St. Ailbe’s the music class was cut because of funding problems and that was very disappointing. Like everything else you need to be doing it every week to keep it up and I let it go for a few years. I have found my passion for music again .I am glad I decided to take up singing again and thrilled to be involved in the show,” said Emma.