FORMER Britain's Got Talent finalist Jordan O'Keefe - who once performed with pop megastar Ed Sheeran - is stepping away from the microphone to move on with his life.
The Derry singer songwriter shot to fame in 2013 when he reached the BGT final and performed an impromptu duet with Ed Sheeran during rehearsals.
Since then Jordan has had a rollercoaster ride which saw him go from signing to Warner Brothers and touring Europe to hitting the bottle and trying to take his own life.
Now Jordan, still only 26, has decided to stop performing to focus on his wellbeing.
He told Sunday Life: "Whenever you do what I did your life is music and your thought process, everything you're doing, is focused on that and when coronavirus came along it put everything out of joint.
"I didn't think about music and I wasn't making any music. Before I would have sat and thought, 'I need to make music or I'll not be happy in my later years, I'll grow old and not be happy with my life'.
"But after this year I've realised that I am happy enough not doing music. I used to feel like I absolutely needed it in my life but I don't feel that way anymore.
"People kept asking me what I was doing and I didn't know what to say because I wasn't doing anything so I decided to just turn round and say that's me done with music.
"I did a Christmas video with a friend for example and it just didn't feel the same, it's hard to explain but I just don't feel that I have that love for it now.
"Before I absolutely loved everything about it, gigging, writing songs and so on but I just got to a point where I felt I was happy enough without it.
"People have been very understanding, it's been a very tough time for musicians and I wish the government would do more. There's no support for people who make their livelihood this way which is shocking.
"The stress for musicians at the moment is horrendous, many of them wondering how they're going to survive, it's a really bad time."
Jordan reached the final of BGT in 2013 but would lose out, among a host of others, to eventual winners Attraction - a group dance act.
He went on to carve out a career for himself as a musician but feels the time has come to move on.
Looking back on his career Jordan said he is still sometimes surprised at what he achieved at such a young age.
"For a man of only 26 it's not been a bad career looking back. When I went back and looked through photos I thought, 'Sh*t I actually did that'.
"I sang with Ed Sheeran, met Louis Walsh and Kodaline, got signed to Warner Brothers and wrote songs for people, all these things over 10 years is nuts.
"Ten years is quite a long time too, it's hard to believe that at my age I have been doing this for 10 years, it's mad.
"I'll never forget Britain's Got Talent. I think everyone remembers me most from that, and what a time it was. What an amazing experience.
"I got to be on TV singing in front of 15 million people and got to sing with Ed Sheeran and meet all these amazing people so that's something I'll never forget.
"Singing with Ed was incredible, I didn't know he'd be performing in the final until I got through, nobody would tell me before because they knew how much of a fan I was.
"Once I got through they told me and it was the icing on the cake for me. On the day he came over and spoke to me and invited me to his dressing room to play guitar and have a chat for a bit.
"He then brought me in to watch his rehearsal and I was pretty much the only person in the whole room watching the rehearsal and it was amazing.
"We spent the whole day chatting and funnily enough it turned out we had a mutual friend and then all of a sudden we sat down and did a song together.
"I remember coming back in after my performance, I did a version of Katy Perry's Firework which I wasn't too keen on, and he said, 'Yeah I didn't like it either'.
"He was just brutally honest but we both didn't like it, he went on the show afterwards and mentioned me which was pretty cool, it was a great experience."
Despite music forming such a huge part of his young life, Jordan said coming to the decision to move on was easy and he hopes to become a producer having built a studio at his Derry home.
He continued: "It was grand, I feel ok about it. Maybe if I was gigging and things were still normal and I had to make this decision it might have been different.
"I feel great and I'm hoping to go down a different route of producing and writing songs for other people where it's not all about me and the pressure isn't all on me, you're just creating. That way if something happens then great but if not, as long as I'm making a living and feeding my family I'm happy.
"See, when you're doing that job there is so much pressure, people are always on you about what you're doing and putting out.
"I'm more going to focus on other people and getting them involved in music as opposed to me.
"I've had my time and it's time to focus on helping others. It's going well so far, we moved into a new house in November last year and we're still getting things ready but I've got most of the stuff ready and we're hoping to open up in the summer.
"Again with coronavirus you don't know what's going to happen but fingers crossed."
In the years since he appeared on BGT, Jordan has been candid about his mental health struggles including alcohol abuse and an attempt to take his own life after the show came to an end.
He says he is now in a much better place and focusing on his young family, adding: "That is the problem with the dream when you want it so bad, especially when you've had a taste of it, it's hard when it doesn't quite work out.
"Experiencing what it might have been like and then trying to get that back can drive you mad, I have been close a couple of times to getting my big break and it's tough.
"I'm not going to let that ambition and drive get to me anymore, because you could sit and think about it all day but nobody knows what will happen. So that's why I felt the best way forward was just to leave it for now.
"With two kids running about you have to think about them instead of yourself. There's more important things in life.
"I don't know if I'm fully recovered from that period, I don't know if you ever fully recover from that sort of thing but I'm not suicidal anymore, I'm definitely on the way to recovery and I'm in a much better place right now.
"I'm not saying I'll never ever come back and that's me done with music completely it was more just that the pressure of trying to do something was too much.
"Who knows, if the world does ever go back to normal things might change but, for now, that's me done."