Team Paloma for Bradley

Just Regional
Feb 22, 2016 4 mins read

When Bradley Waterman gave his first performance at his Sprowston Community High School leaver’s event three years ago, little did he know it would lead to a passion for music that would see him perform on The Voice and have not one but two coaches turn around.

The 19-year-old’s blind audition was aired on the BBC One talent show on February 6, but it was actually filmed before Christmas, meaning Bradley had to keep his success a secret.

Singing Cee Lo Green’s Forget You, Bradley was convinced the coaches weren’t going to turn, then right at the end of his performance both Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson pressed their buttons.

“I watched the show with some friends and I was cringing,” said Bradley, who admits he’s not one for listening to himself sing. “Everyone was going mad. They didn’t think anyone was going to turn because they left it so late, the same as I did when it was filmed. I was in shock when they did turn.”

Bradley was lucky to have two coaches to choose from, but he knew straight away who he wanted.

“I had the order of people in my head and Paloma was top of the list. I like her route into the industry,” said Bradley, who got the chance to have a quick chat with the singer after the blind audition before receiving coaching from her ahead of the next stage of the show – the battle rounds.

Paloma commented that one of the reasons she turned around was because she could hear Bradley was playing the guitar. In fact, the first instrument Bradley learned was a ukulele.

“I had a friend who can literally play any instrument and I wanted to play the guitar but found it hard,” said Bradley, who grew up on St Margaret’s Drive and attended Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School and Falcon Junior School before going to Sprowston Community High School.

“I started playing the ukulele as it was a bit easier. I got better and thought I might be able to transfer over to the guitar.

“My first performance was at my school leaver’s event. I’d only started playing the guitar a couple of months before and I could have played the ukulele, but I really wanted to the play the guitar. When I walked off stage that was it, I just wanted to get better and perform on a bigger scale.”

And Bradley certainly didn’t play it safe when it came to his song choice for his blind audition either.

“I chose Forget You because the vocal line goes from high to low, so it shows vocal range and I felt it was a good song to try and get the judges to turn around.”

For now Bradley is keeping his day job working in construction with his dad, but every chance he gets he’s out gigging and working on his music career.

“I love writing my own stuff,” said Bradley. “I’ve got three albums in my head that I want to do. At gigs I mainly do covers because that’s what people want to hear, but I include a few of my own here and there. My hope is that The Voice gives me the fan base I need to get people listening to my own music.

“I’d like to thank everyone who’s supported me, my family and friends. It has just been amazing. There’s even a ‘fans of Bradley Waterman’ page on Instagram – I never thought I’d have a fans page!”

Keep watching The Voice in the coming weeks to find out how Bradley gets on in the battle rounds.

You can follow Bradley on Twitter @BradleyWmusic.


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