Alan Barclay with The Voice contestant Rachel-Ann

Alan Barclay with The Voice contestant Rachel Ann

Rachel Ann Stroud from Wallisdown is preparing to do battle on the BBC’s The Voice having blasted her way through the blind auditions. The 16-year-old former Bourne Academy pupil was urged to enter the competition by her singing coach Lucy Ridley-Martin from the Absolute Music centre in Bournemouth.

“It’s thanks to Lucy’s encouragement that I had a go in the initial auditions held at Absolute Music as I was not sure about participating,” said Rachel Ann.

“All my concerns have gone as the cast and production crew are so helpful and encouraging, I’m just humbled by the fact that I’m in competition with such talented people!”

Alan Barclay, managing director and founder of Absolute Music, recently offered Rachel Ann an apprenticeship with the music centre before the initial auditions.

“We and the team have been amazed with Rachel Ann’s initial success and we hope to now support her in her bid to win for Dorset.

Her voice is stunning and we are not at all surprised that Rachel Ann wowed the judges within seconds in the blind auditions.”

An interview with Rachel Ann will appear in the next issue of Viewpoint Magazine.

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