In this week's interview we talk to Belfast singer and former runner-up in The Voice, Leah McFall, who is married to Nathan Catterson and has a son, Judah.
Q. Tell us about your childhood?
A. My childhood was lovely. I grew up in Carnmoney, Co Antrim, and spent my time building huts, climbing trees and playing in the big long grass.
I was so small no one could ever find me. I sang and danced an awful lot, and I'd always make up my own dance moves. I remember I used to pull back the curtains at night-time so I could see my reflection in the window as I practised my moves.
I think I carried on doing that until I was as old as 13. I was so not self-aware - which is a beautiful thing if you think about it, but mortifying if you think about it for too long!
Q. What are you most proud of?
A. Like in the whole world? Probably my son Judah, who's already such a hilarious guy and he's only 10 months old. He's stunning as well.
As well as becoming a mum, there are a lot of things in my life I'm proud I've been able to do, like singing in front of millions and performing at a Grammy event alongside Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and Pink.
That was pretty amazing. The best bit about that, though, was when Tom Hanks came up to me afterwards to say well done. Literally you couldn't stop me watching a Tom Hanks movie for the next three years.
That was the most starstruck I've ever been. I couldn't say a word back to him, no sound would come out, just a weird, creepy smile.
Q. The one regret you wish you could amend?
A. When they crimped my hair on The Voice. That's the picture that follows me around everywhere.
I think it will follow me the rest of my life. I had my worst ever hair day in front of nine million people. Nightmare.
Q. What about phobias. Do you have any?
A. No, not really. I'm not brilliant with heights, but it's a bit of a weird one because I'm fine with roller coasters and flights. On a trip to New York my husband Nate and I went to the top of the Empire State Building, and when we got to the top I was terrified.
I felt really dizzy, and did that side-shimmy thing against the wall to get back inside - and I'd spent $45 for the privilege. My husband still reminds of that lost $45.
Q. The temptation you cannot resist?
A. Haribo Strawberries. I've got a sweet tooth. I'm sure I had them for breakfast, lunch and dinner during my first trimester of pregnancy.
They may not have been the most nutritious thing, but they stopped me retching in public, so you've got to do whatever works.
Q. Your number one prized possession?
A. Probably my engagement ring. It's gorgeous. We got it from Margaret Forbes in Belfast.
It's a remake of a 1940s design, and even now, four years later, I clean it once a week with a little toothbrush because I'm so obsessed with it.
Did Nate pick it? No way, you've got the same engagement ring for the rest of your life, so I picked. it. Well okay, we picked it together!
Q. The book that's most impacted your life?
A. The book that has had the most impact on me has been the Bible, and scripture.
I know that might be shocking for some people but genuinely scripture has encouraged me so much through the scariest things I've done in my life, through grief and through moments of real joy. I do believe in every single word.
Q. If you had the power or authority, what would you do?
A. I would remove Donald Trump's Twitter account. I don't know much about American politics, I'm not going to pretend to, but some of the things he says on there are so ridiculous - somebody change his password!
Q. What makes your blood boil every time without fail?
A. Body-shaming. I hate that, when magazines take a photo of a celebrity in their bikini and zoom in to find cellulite. I hate it. It's mean and unnecessary.
Q. Who has most influenced you in life?
A. I'd say my mum, Ruth. She's always been a rock for me. I have called her from all over the world, and from some very stressful situations.
I remember having a really bad cold when I went to Vietnam for a gig one time, and it was so bad my voice was wrecked. On top of that they lost my luggage which meant I had no make-up and my hair was scraped back in a greasy bun.
The promoter walked me through a club where I was meant to be performing, and I looked awful in the sweats I'd been wearing the whole way there on the plane while everyone else was styling it out in body cons.
They'd tried to find me something to wear, but nothing fitted because everyone there was tiny, so when I called my mum I was bawling my eyes out.
But within five minutes of talking to her I was laughing again.
She's a really amazing person, and her testimony when she shares it is unreal.
She's been through a lot in life, but she's so wise, and loving and caring of everyone.
Q. Your top three dinner party guests, dead or alive, and why?
A. Kevin Bridges, because he's absolutely hilarious. And Peter Kay because he's one of my favourite comedians, and I suppose I'd really have to pick a musician. Let's say Ray Charles.
I listened to him a lot growing up, and absolutely loved his music.
I'd say he was an influence without me noticing. He seemed like a lovely guy - and the film about him was so good. Jamie Foxx was amazing, although he's so good at everything he does.
Q. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
A. It would have been probably in song writing from a very well known worship leader called Matt Redman.
His advice was to write a song truthfully to what your heart wants to hear, because only then will you be able to speak truthfully to what other people need to hear at that time. It means you can start speaking directly to what other people need to hear in that moment.
Q. The unlikely interest or hobby that you love?
A. Knitting. I actually love it. A lot of my friends knit as well and a lot of us were taught by our mums when we were small.
It's brilliant because you can just be sitting there watching TV and also making your son a jumper. It's probably the thing I do most to relax and the best thing about it is that you also feel you're achieving something, and you have something to show for it at the end.
My son wears my things all the time.
I had him in this wee grey onesie and when people ask where I got it, really embarrassingly I'd have to say I made it.
Ages ago I remember thinking I had to get something for Nate, and I didn't have much money, so I made him a grey beanie which he still wears. Judah now has a matching one.
My friend owns a line called Todi Knits, which is so cute. There's so much cool stuff you can make by knitting.
Q. The poem that touches your heart?
A. I'm not great with poetry, but maybe lyrics in a song - that's more my thing.
There are loads of those that I love, and for now I'd probably have to say the lyrics from my new cover track, a gospel song, Faithful One.
The words are really powerful: "Faithful One, so unchanging, you are my rock in times of peace, though all my storms you've been my anchor, so my hope is in you." That's poetry that you sing, to me, and I have sung that through times of horrendous grief, and real joy. It's things like that that touch people's hearts. It's incredible.
Q. The happiest moment of your life?
A. Probably my wedding day. That sounds cheesy, but it was absolutely lovely.
Loads of people say the day their child was born, but for me that was genuinely quite traumatic.
But I've got some amazingly happy moments with the baby - like the first day he smiled, which was crazy. It was that realisation that when he locked in he actually saw me, and there was that sense of getting a little something back. It was the cutest moment ever.
So it's those two - my wedding, and my baby's first smile.
Q. And the saddest?
A. I would say losing a very close family member.
Grief is horrific, and like it is for so many of us it's part of life and you have to journey through it, but death is never okay. It's awful.
Q. The one event that made a difference in your life?
A. There have been many, but I guess The Voice was huge. It did change my life, and it spelled the start of a lot of my childhood dreams coming true.
Q. What's the ambition that keeps driving you forward?
A. To make a living out of singing, and to write songs that people take comfort in.
I literally get messages all the time, even if a song hasn't made a big playlist or hasn't been streamed as many times as I'd love, but then you get a message from someone in Brazil or Chile saying "I was struggling today and your song has reached me and now I feel like I'm going to be okay".
From this last release, I've had so many messages from people telling me they haven't been okay during lockdown, and that my songs are making them feel okay.
That's what drives me on, that's why I write songs and sing.
Q. What's the philosophy that you live by?
A. To be loving and caring to all people. That's probably from scripture.
Sometimes the message in society seems to be that you need to step over everybody to get what you want.
But I've met those people and in my experience, they regret it, maybe that they've hurt people and they've realised their relationships were more important than the thing they thought they wanted.
Q. How do you want to be remembered?
A. As the girl who had the crimped hair on The Voice obviously. No, I don't know - maybe hilarious and nice will do?
Leah's latest single Faithful One is out now and is available to stream on all platforms