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The Voice: Sasha Simone's backpacking Bali dream

2015-04-06 23:52:04

Sasha SimoneSasha Simone's The Voice audition has been viewed more than 750,000 times on Youtube since January 17.

The Voice finalist Sasha Simone has revealed she's heading to Bali next month to meditate and write songs whilst backpacking.

The singing Birmingham bricklayer was beaten by Scottish fireman Stevie McCrorie in the finals of the BBC1 competition on Saturday.

Her impressive rendition of What I Did For Love was praised by coaches Rita Ora and Sir Tom Jones, who told her to get used to stardom.

But Sasha, 25 and from Handsworth, says she’s exhausted and has decided to take a break in Indonesia so she can come to terms with everything that has happened over the past seven months.

“Winning would have been great but it’s not my time yet,” says Sasha, who is a member of the Birmingham Blitz Dames roller derby team.

Sasha the Smasher, a nickname coined by presenter Emma Willis, magnanimously said the right winner was chosen.

Sasha Simone

“The journey has been incredible right from the blind audition when I got that first yes,” recalls Sasha.

“Going through each process has been a shock for me as each time I thought it was going to be time for me to go out.

“I was surrounded by brilliant singers and there was me just coming out of my house with no professional training.

“The thing I’ve learnt the most is that it’s OK to be me.

“My problem has been feeling judged so to get all the support I got showed me it’s OK to sing the way I sing and express the way I feel.

“I’ve never felt that before in my life. I’ve always had that doubt, that feeling of not being worthy.”

As part of the final, Sasha duetted with her coach Sir Tom Jones on Chain of Fools.

“When I sang my last song I was sad to know I wasn’t going to sing with Tom again, but to be honest I was ready to go at the semi-finals so to be able to sing again on that stage was brilliant,” adds Sasha, who was born in Willenhall and moved to Birmingham when she was 16.

“Speaking honestly, it felt like quite a relief too.

“It’s been seven months where I’ve not been able to think about anything else.

“Now I’m going to backpack around Bali in May. I’m planning to meditate and write a song then come back and see if anyone wants to work with me on it.

“I’m not in any rush to be a pop star, for me it was about the journey.

“I’m going to Bali so that I can accept and understand what’s happened. At the moment, I feel lost for words, I can hardly string a sentence together to explain how I feel.”

Sasha SimoneThe Voice finalist Sasha Simone visits the offices of BPM Media at Fort Dunlop to drum up support from her fellow Brummies.

It seems that The Voice coaches don’t think it will be long before Sasha becomes a household name.

Rita Ora told her she was ‘by far the best vocalist’ in the competition and, when Sasha met Will Young, he called her a ‘true artist.’

Her mentor Tom Jones said: “She’s been wonderful, strong and singing like an angel. I think I have found a musical kindred spirit. She’s as good as me, she’s the female me. Get used to stardom.”

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