Woodbridge: Singer Nate James to face Jessie J, Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Danny O’Donoghue on BBC One’s The Voice

Nate James

Nate James

IT is a big night for three Suffolk singers as they hope to prove they have got The Voice.

Nate James, from Woodbridge, has worked with Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones and Chaka Khan; but it is Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J, will.i.am and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue he is out to impress tonight.

The three times MOBO award nominee, who has written songs for Lemar, Craig David and Blue and released two solo albums, hopes his next big career move could be winning the hit BBC One show.

Also performing are Ipswich musical duo De’Vide. Ex-Holbrook High School student Barny Holmes and friend MC Lex Flowers have built up a following with their mix of hip hop, indie and soul.

Now Norwich based, they have been performing together for about three years and supported a number of top acts including Rudimental.


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They, like Nate, hope at least one of the superstar coaches will like what they hear and turn their chairs for them, bringing them one step closer to the live shows and the chance to win a lucrative recording contract.

“I nervously walked out and as soon as you got on stage there was an element of anxiety but when we did the performance it was such a relief,” said Barny.

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The duo believe they have what it takes to progress in the show and walk in the shoes of former Ipswich resident Toni Warne, who narrowly missed out on a semi-final place in the show last year.

The Voice is on BBC One tonight from 8.05pm.

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