Country girl Irish country singer Chantelle Padden determined to break America
Irish stunner's ambitions for America after Voice audition
Stunning Irish country singer Chantelle Padden is bidding for international stardom after securing an audition for The Voice UK.
The 24-year-old performer from Binghamstown near Belmullet, Co Mayo, is hoping that at least one of the celebrity coaches - Tom Jones, Will.i.am, Meghan Trainor and Olly Murs - will turn for her at the upcoming auditions which will be screened later in the year.
Chantelle has already gained recognition here through TV performances on TG4's Glór Tire and Opry le Daniel, and she toured Ireland as Nathan Carter's support artist two years ago.
However, the glamorous entertainer, who is also a songwriter, feels that she doesn't suit the Irish scene due to her unique style of modern country.
"I realised I wasn't Irish country enough to break the local scene," Chantelle tells the Sunday World.
"Even on Glór Tire they said I sounded more R&B than country.
"For years I was trying to fit in because I love the Irish scene and the artists in it are brilliant. But doing Glór Tire was a real eye opener for me and probably the best decision I ever made because I realised I wasn't in the right bubble as regards my style of country.
"I had incorporated different genres to make myself more unique and to try and build an audience that wouldn't be just Ireland-based. I wanted to get a variety of age groups interested in me as an artist.
"In England, they like more of the pop-orientated country, and America likes the more rockier country. I've always pushed myself to see what worked for me and now I know where I stand musically.
"I did covers of songs such as Lady Gaga's Always Remember Us This Way. People wouldn't class Lady Gaga as country, but I take pop songs and put my own twist on them.
"What I'd like to bring to The Voice is a commercial country twist and make country more cool to a younger audience. In America, country music always wins The Voice and the new series in Britain is to be shown in the US for the first time.
"I'd love to get my name out there because it's been a while since we've had anyone like Sinead O'Connor or Dolores O'Riordan. They had the opportunity and the platform and the chances to make a name for themselves outside Ireland, so I might as well try it while I'm young."
Chantelle studied vocals for three years at Dublin music college BIMM, and then did a six-month tour with Nathan Carter in 2018.
"It was class, I learned so much from working with Nathan and I gained a great fan base from it," she says.
"It was nerve-racking at the start because a lot of his fans are girls or women and I was afraid they'd be like, 'oh, look at her singing with our Nathan,' but they were very supportive."