Zim singer wins ‘You’re a star’ contest

BY KJW
Lucia Evans, the Zimbabwean winner of Irish music contest You're a Star, has reached the top ten in the Irish charts with her first single Bruised not Broken.
Born in Harare in 1982, Lucia grew up in Bulawayo. She left Zimbabwe with her family aged 17 and had been working part time in

Galway, Ireland in a beauty salon when she entered the contest. The vivacious singer, 24 won a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in the UK as well as a management contract and €10,000 worth of equipment.
“Music and singing is my passion,” says Lucia who tried to get as much stage experience as she could by joining local theatre groups and entering singing competitions. “I joined the Galway Gospel Choir. I started singing with a local Latin band called Calle Latina, which was salsa music. I also performed with local jazz bands and did a bit of blues as well. I was exploring all the different sides to my singing. I did that for a long time and I look on it as my university in music and performing.”
Lucia had tried to enter the You’re a Star competition in 2002 but had been turned down by one of the judges. Ironically the reason he gave for turning her down was that she could not sing. The set-back made her more determined to succeed, she won the competition in March this year after thousands of people from all over Ireland voted for her during a live televisions show via text message and phone.
The winner of the You’re a Star competition (a pun on the phrase Euro Star) usually performs for Ireland in the annual Eurovision Song contest, but Lucia will not be performing for Ireland. She says she prefers to focus on her career.
“My ambition is to have a long and successful career in the music business. I want to be able to look back in a few years and say, that was then, this is now and I’m so glad I went through that process,” she says.

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