We’ve seen plenty of X Factor success stories over the years, but not so many from The Voice. Since the reality show launched three years ago, it hasn’t really produced any break out stars that could challenge the likes of Cher Lloyd, Ella Henderson, Olly Murs etc, but could Leah McFall be about to change all that? HRRRNK. ALARM POP.
Leah first came to the public’s attention when she became a popular favourite during the BBC show’s second series, and being championed by pop heavyweight mentor Will.i.am. didn’t hurt either. She didn’t go on to win but as we’ve seen time and time again, nobody needs to actually win these things to get a foot in the door. One Direction, anybody?
Of course we all know former talent show contestants need a killer first single to grab people’s attention, and Leah’s done just that. ‘Home’ is a bittersweet piece of country tinged power pop, starting off with tender verses about the vulnerability of going out into the world before exploding into one of the biggest choruses of 2014. The impassioned cries of “Close my eyes, click my heels, and I’m home!” coupled with some suitably epic sounding brass and huge drums seem perfectly designed for a massive crowd to sing along to as well. The fact that this perfectly formed slice of pop is produced by Will.iam himself is also something of a surprise, showing a more creative side to the Black Eyed Peas frontman than his usual club-centric output. His feature on the track is also quite sweet. Who knew he had a sensitive side?
Leah McFall definitely has all the makings of an excellent pop star, and ‘Home’ is easily the best post The Voice offering we’ve had so far, but will the public take to it? We’re loving it here at MP! so we certainly hope so!