The Voice judges rebuff Bronwen’s Welsh Sting song – but she vows to carry on
Bronwen Lewis, from Neath, told WalesOnline she had no intention of giving up on her mission to bring Welsh to a wider audience despite not progressing on BBC One’s The Voice talent show.
A young singer has vowed to bring Welsh language to mainstream music after she narrowly missed out on progressing to the next stage of The Voice.
Bronwen Lewis, from Seven Sisters, Neath Port Talbot, tonight took to the stage to sing a rousing rendition of Sting’s Fields of Gold – complete with a Welsh language verse.
The 19-year-old dazzled judges of the BBC talent show with her powerful rendition of the song that she had translated into Welsh.
But despite the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the Tom Jones, Jessie J, will.i.am and Danny O’Donoghue, Bronwen was not selected for any of their teams.
With Jones and O’Donoghue’s teams full, the singer was given bittersweet news by Jessie J and will.i.am when they told her she did not need the talent show to get into the music business, with this one performance alone bound to attract record companies.
Speaking after the programme, she told WalesOnline: “He (Tom Jones) said it was lovely, but unfortunately he didn’t have any room on his team. Danny said if I had space I would have turned around and she (Jessie J) told me that I didn’t really need the show to have a career.”
“I just stood up, smiled through it and I think by leaving on a positive note, you leave a way for people to look you up and give you a shot.”
A first-generation Welsh speaker, Bronwen studied at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera and said that her parents encouragement to learn the native language has given her an everlasting passion for the country’s heritage.
And after the disappointment of not going through to the next round, she takes comfort in knowing she was able to put her Welsh heritage at centre stage for the evening, hoping she can continue to do so in the future.
“I think it’s genuinely a start of something. I’ve been talking to a few record labels,” she added.
Currently studying a foundation degree in Art at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, Bronwen said: “I think more Welsh music needs to be sung on television and I think it needs to be more accessible to people my age.”
With her mind now focused on releasing her own CD she said: “Hopefully I can get some Welsh language on the radio.
“Sitting in the car and hearing some Welsh language on the radio one day – it would just be a massive achievement for me.”
THTP Says . . . . .
Bronwen is a talent, she excels at art and tonight proves she has an incredible voice and grace and presence to match.
This talent is already en route to big things . . . Good luck Bronwen, Pob Lwc