UK Singer Brings Down The House
Leanne Mitchell was crowned the first winner of The Voice UK after a series of show-stopping performances.
Multi-talented Leanne, 28, sings, writes music AND plays the piano and organ. Her day job is singing at a holiday park, which she loves, but she wants to follow in the footsteps of her inspirations Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera and take her music from the seaside to the big time.
She appeared on the first season of “The Voice UK” and went on to win the competition with her coach/mentor, Tom Jones. When a contestant wins on this show, they are automatically given a recording contract which is meant to catapult their career into the mainstream music arena.
Mitchell was not the favorite to win this particular season, but she surprised everyone with her renditions of Whitney Houston’s “Run To You,” James Browns’ hit “It’s A Man’s World,” and her duet performance with Tom Jones where they sang “Mama Told Me Not to Come” by Three Dog Night.
Whitney Houston released “Run to You” as her fourth single from the soundtrack of the movie “The Bodyguard.” It is no secret to those in the music industry the difficulty of performing a song by Whitney Houston as her voice had pitches that are sometimes impossible to hit, but Leanne Mitchell was exceptional. She made the highest notes required during the song seem simple.
Watch Leanne’s Soaring Take On James Brown
“It’s a Man’s World” was released by the famous singer, James Brown in 1966 and ultimately went on to hit #1 on the charts. Leanne did a fantastic job of bringing out the soul in this song with a female perspective which is ironic considering the lyrics are all about what men have done for our society.
Tom Jones and Leanne Mitchell Duet With “Mama Told Me Not To Come”
“Mama Told Me Not To Come” was written initially for Eric Burdon’s solo album but was made famous when Three Dog Night did a cover in 1977. Tom Jones also did his rendition of this song, released in 2000.
Leanne Mitchell and Tom Jones were terrific, and the chemistry was electrifying. Mitchell did not appear intimidated at all at the idea of being on stage with the famous Tom Jones, and the pair brought the soulfulness out in this classic song.