A local lad from Leeds appears on The Voice
By Ninder Kaur
17 year old Harris Hameed was one of the contestants competing to impress the judge’s on last night’s The Voice show.
He sang his version of the One Republic song Apologise, in a bid to make the four superstar coaches turn their chairs.
Talking about the show Harris said: “It was very challenging. It was a personality building experience. You find out a lot about yourself especially being around some of the highest names in TV and media.”
The soulful RnB singer got into music from a really young age having been inspired by family members. His brother is a songwriter and his dad is an Indian and Bollywood vocalist.
It was after spending three years busking around Leeds and Manchester that he decided to audition for the show.
“It was my two friends who auditioned last year that actually told me to give it a go. I went with the mentality I have nothing to lose.”
“I remember saying to my brother-“ I’m leaving if I have to queue longer than an hour”. I just wanted to get out and do some busking around the city.”
Watching back on last night’s episode, Harris said how he was glad that he auditioned because he found the feedback to be really constructive and positive. He also admitted how Will.i.Am was his favourite judge.
“The best thing about the experience is that I am being followed by Will.i.Am on Twitter.”
“The funny thing is, I didn’t actually follow him but he followed me. He must have really liked me if he went out of his way to follow me,” he said.
Despite entering the contest, Harris said how education is definitely a priority for him. He is planning to study music technology at the Leeds College of Music to further his musical aspirations.
He is currently planning to release new singles and Extended Plays EPs) and is working on collaborations.
Early last year, Harris recorded an EP named ‘Paradise’ and received a massive response within the first 18 days of its upload. His latest EP is titled ‘Tailored Thoughts’ and is available for free download on- www.soundcloud.com/harrishameedofficial