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Here comes the judge
With a solo career, family commitments and her gig judging The Voice to juggle, Sharon Corr has a lot going on. She talks about how her new career as a TV talent spotter has changed her life.
Colm O Hare, 16 May 2012
Sitting in the quiet opulence of Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel on a sunny Friday afternoon, Sharon Corr is enjoying a rare hour or two away from the treadmill. It’s certainly been a busy few months for the violinist, singer and songwriter with The Corrs – now a solo artist in her own right. Sipping a skinny latte, she explains how she juggles her commitments as a working musician, a mum, and more recently, as one of the star judges/coaches on RTÉ’s hit TV show, The Voice Of Ireland.
“I’m kind of travelling at high speed right now and I love every minute of it,” she says. “In the last couple of months alone, I’ve done a UK tour, a European tour and then I did the whole of Australia. Two days after I got back from Australia, I went to LA and then it was back home and straight into The Voice.”
Is she enjoying her role as talent judge?
“It’s all very exciting,” she says of The Voice, the project which has taken up most of her time in recent months. “It has been a rollercoaster. We’re in every Saturday and Sunday doing the show. Then you’re working with your artist on maybe Monday and Tuesday and you’re picking songs all week. I’m doing a lot of promotion, interviews etc., and obviously I’m minding my children and writing my new album as well.”
She reflects out loud on the fact that, for a younger generation in particular, she’s now better known for being a judge on a TV talent show than she is for being a member of a multi-million selling pop group. “Oh it’s definitely true and I think it’s terrific,” she says. “It allows me to get to a younger audience and to stay relevant. I’m about to record my second solo album and it’s helped me to understand my passion for music. And it’s not tied to The Corrs – it has its own momentum.
“It’s important that there is another audience out there for me,” she adds. “What’s very different is that when you’re in a band, the sum of the four is the picture rather than the individual. True, the lead singer is more recognised. But you don’t really get to know each member individually.”