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Voice 2014 winner to release album

The Voice UK winner Jermain Jackman is to release his debut album almost a year after triumphing in the BBC singing show.

His self-titled 12-track release, which is made up entirely of original songs, is out on March 23.

Jermain said: "I think my music has the ability to appeal to people of all walks of life and ages, but I'm still a young man and I want my music to reflect that too."

He landed a record deal when he won the show last April - becoming the first male winner in the process.

The show has yet to produce a star to match the success of acts created by the X Factor. The winner of the first series, Leanne Mitchell, flopped. Her debut single did not reach the top 40 and her album missed out on the top 100.

US star Will.i.am, one of the coaches on the show, said Leanne's record company should be "embarrassed" about her lack of success and said it took too long for winning acts to release a single.

He said: " If you're having performers sing other people's songs, you should have a whole bunch of songs ready in your arsenal. It's hopeless to release a record so long after the series finished, especially in the attention deficit disorder society that we live in today."

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