October 1st, 2016

Earlswood singer strikes gold on The Voice as she joins Team Tom

Earlswood singer strikes gold on The Voice as she joins Team Tom Earlswood singer strikes gold on The Voice as she joins Team Tom
Updated: 5:00 pm, May 07, 2015

AN EARLSWOOD singer swapped scanning at the check-outs for stardom at the weekend when she made it through to the second round of the BBC’s The Voice.

Melissa Gill, who works at the Co-op in Earlswood, serenaded the audience and panel with her rendition of Amy Winehouse’s Love is a Losing Game.

The 21-year-old’s talent shone through as three red chairs turned around before Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson battled it out to become her mentor on the show.

The Coventry University music student said she chose team Tom because he has first-hand experience in the era of music she is interested in.

She added: “Singing in-front of the coaches was really nerve-racking but Sir Tom is a really nice guy and I can’t believe I’ve had the chance to work with him so closely.

“Music is my passion and making it on to a show like The Voice is a fantastic opportunity for me.”

After the show aired Sir Tom took to Twitter and welcomed Melissa onto his team.

The Welsh singing legend said: “Another night, another girl on my team! Welcome to Team Tom.”

When she’s not impressing celebrity judges on national television the former Henley in Arden High School pupil also performs with her friend Hannah Maydwell as a duet under the name That Sixties Vibe.

Melissa revealed Hannah shocked her by putting her forward for the talent show audition but she was pleased Hannah did it.

After Saturday’s show aired Melissa was inundated with messages of congratulations and well wishes from friends, family and fans of That Sixties Vibe.

Sister Kayleigh Gill tweeted: “Well done to my beautiful sister. You did me proud.”

Meanwhile her work boss John Dyer added: “We were all watching on Saturday night and look forward to seeing how she progresses on team Tom.

“Melissa is a great member of team and we’re really proud of her success on The Voice.”

The Voice isn’t Melissa’s first brush with success.

Last year she joined the bill at the Moseley Folk Festival and in 2010 she won the Stratford Upon Avon Soundclash.

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