Andrea Begley

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Andrea Begley
Born (1986-01-15) January 15, 1986 (age 29)
Pomeroy,[1] Northern Ireland,[2] United Kingdom
Years active 2013–present
Labels Capitol Records
Associated acts Danny O'Donoghue

Andrea Begley is a singer from Pomeroy,[1] Northern Ireland,[2] who is most notable for winning the second series of the BBC talent search The Voice UK,[1][2] beating the favourite to win, Leah McFall.

Career[edit]

After The Voice, Begley was signed to Capitol Records. Her winning single "My Immortal" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 75 that week. The single then went on to peak to number 30 on UK Singles Chart and number 70 on the Irish Singles Chart. Begley is partially sighted as a result of Glaucoma.[2] Her debut studio album The Message was released on 21 October 2013.

2013: The Voice UK[edit]

Andrea Begley auditioned for The Voice UK and won. She released a cover of "My Immortal" by Evanescence as her debut single.

Performances[edit]

Performed Song Original Artist Result
Blind Audition "Angel" Sarah McLachlan Joined Team Danny
Battle Rounds "People Help the People" (against Alice Barlow) Birdy Winner
Knockout rounds "Songbird" Fleetwood Mac Winner
Week 1 "Ho Hey" The Lumineers Safe
Week 2 "One of Us" Joan Osborne Safe
Final "My Immortal" Evanescence Winner
"Hall of Fame" The Script
"Angel" Sarah McLachlan

2013–present: The Message[edit]

On 21 October 2013 Andrea released her debut studio album The Message, which includes "My Immortal" her winning single from The Voice UK and "Dancing in the Dark". On 23 October 2013 the album was at number 10 on The Official Chart Update.[3] On 24 October 2013 the album entered the Irish Albums Chart at number 61. On 27 October 2013 the album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 7.

Controversy[edit]

The victory of Begley in The Voice raised the ire of competing coach will.i.am, who stormed off the set at the time her victory was announced.[4] He took to Twitter to express his outrage, saying "You should feel the audiences vibration in the room tonight after the publics vote…its #unexplainable…so sad…perplexed Andrea is amazing…dontGETmeWRONG…but we know who has the incredible voice".[5] Begley expressed understanding at his disappointment, saying "Will spoke to me and he wishes me well, but obviously everybody wants their act to win. But at the end of the day, the audience voted me, so that’s it."[2][6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[7]
IRE
[8]
SCO
[9]
The Message 7 61 7

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[7]
IRE
[8]
SCO
[11]
2013 "My Immortal" 30 70 36 The Message
"Dancing in the Dark" 113
"—" denotes release that did not chart or was not released.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[12]
2013 "Ho Hey" 98 The Message
"Take on Me" 103
"—" denotes release that did not chart or was not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Andrea Begley wins The Voice final". BBC Online. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Sherwin, Adam (24 June 2013). "The Voice 2013: Partially sighted singer Andrea Begley's victory 'unexplainable', says Will.i.am". London: The Independent. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Katy Perry’s Prism leads Official Albums Chart race. Official Charts Company
  4. ^ "The Voice UK: will.i.am 'storms off set after Andrea win'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Voice 2013 results: Will.i.am storms off & Twitter erupts as Andrea Begley wins over Leah McFall". Unreality TV. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Strang, Fay (23 June 2013). "Partially-sighted Andrea Begley beats bookies favourite Leah McFall as she is voted the winner of The Voice 2013". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  8. ^ a b Peak positions in Ireland:
  9. ^ Peak positions for albums in Scotland:
  10. ^ 'The Voice' winner Andrea Begley announces debut album – The Voice News – Reality TV - Digital Spy
  11. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  12. ^ Peak positions for the other charted songs in the UK: