Having grown up in Belfast, Northern Ireland on a diet of jazz, funk, Motown, pop, and gospel, Leah McFall performed local gigs relentlessly but had no luck getting the break she wanted in music and so decided to make the leap to London in her early twenties.
Once in England's capital, McFall began studying fashion but continued to pursue her true dream, singing live at venues including the prestigious Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in Soho. Fortunately, this was to be just the tip of the iceberg in her career, and she soon found herself catapulted to fame on The Voice UK in 2013, where her rendition of Rita Ora
's "R.I.P." at the audition stage impressed will.i.am
, who became her mentor. McFall went from strength to strength on the show, wowing viewers with her five-octave vocal range and songs such as Minnie Riperton
's "Lovin' You" and Gloria Gaynor
's "I Will Survive," which became the show's first Top 20 single in the U.K. charts in June 2013. ~ Daniel Clancy, Rovi