Northern Irish singer Leah McFall is getting a first taste of music stardom by supporting US star Will.i.am on his latest tour.
The Carnmoney songbird has been signed to Will’s label in the US and to Capitol Records in the UK, and is currently the support act on his Willpower tour, which kicked off in Paris on Sunday.
It has been a whirlwind six months for the talented 24-year-old who looks set for chart domination in 2014.
Since coming second in The Voice UK competition to Pomeroy singer Andrea Begley, Leah has been busy working on her debut album with Will.i.am, her mentor from the BBC show.
Speaking exclusively to the Belfast Telegraph ahead of a performance in Manchester last night, Leah said “life has been crazy” since the show ended.
“I was pretty much flown straight out to LA but I have been back and forward to London to perform at Wireless and for meetings with my label,” she said.
“Performing as part of Will’s show is amazing.”
Leah also revealed that three music videos she’s been working on in LA will be released over the next three months, with the first, Ordinary Love, out before Christmas.
Her fans or Giants as they are known, should look out for announcements from her Twitter account @leahmcfallmusic, which has attracted 160,000 followers so far.
“I am going to release three music videos before the single and album comes out,” she said.
“We’re putting out the videos, one a month, to have bit of fun, and hopefully people like them.
“Before The Voice I was gigging and writing, and I love jazz, soul, funk and blues.
“I am excited by how Will has been able to help me fuse all that in with R&B pop beats. It leaves me room to properly sing.”
Leah has been rubbing shoulders with a host of showbiz stars recently including Dr Dre, Kylie, rapper TI, Chris Brown and Absolutely Fabulous actress Joanna Lumley, as well as working with producers behind Rihanna, Beyonce and Estelle hits.
“LA is amazing,” she said. “I love it so much. Will’s team have mentored me and really taken care of me. I’ve felt really well supported.
“Meeting Joanna Lumley was a favourite moment. I’m a big Ab Fab fan and she was the sweetest person ever.
“Will was doing and interview with her and he gave her a sneak listen to my songs. She put her hand on my cheek and told me I was amazing.”
Leah writes about love on the new album but for the meantime is single and focusing on her career.
“I have no time for romance,” she said.
“I am too busy writing about love! A relationship is not a focus for me at the moment.
“I am so excited about what’s going to happen in the next few months and in the future I hope to design and release my own clothes collection.
“Every now and then I have to pinch myself. I love what I do; its my passion. I am so thankful to see how it is all coming together.”
Leah is enjoying her glamorous new lifestyle but is looking forward to spending some time at home this Christmas.
“I get so homesick,” she said.
“I love travelling but I miss having an Ulster fry and Northern Ireland banter!
“I am having the best time, but being away makes me appreciate how beautiful Ireland is and how lovely we are as a nation.”
And the support from her Giants has been also been encouraging.
“The support I get from everywhere is incredible,” Leah said.
“I get tweets from all over the world in different languages and then one saying ‘Yeoo, proud you are from Belfast’ will pop up in the mix. It’s brilliant.”