will.i.am, Jessie J, Danny O’Donoghue and last to turn his chair around, Tom Jones, were all impressed with singer Liam Tamne’s performance on The Voice last night.
The singer, who impressed the coaches with his rendition of Kate Bush classic This Woman’s Work, found himself on a self-destructive path after his parents got divorced.
It was reported that Liam reckons he would really have gone off the rails if his gran, Sheila McClurg, who he ended up living with, hadn’t intervened.
Liam, told The Sun, “My mum and dad split up when I was 12. And Mum got ill with mild cognitive impairment which means she loses her memory of everything, and it takes time for it to come back.
“There have been times where I’d be talking to her and she would have no idea who I was.
“My brother and I were constantly moving between houses. I never had a stable home. So I started hanging around with the wrong crowd.
“We were the kind of teenagers who hang around on the streets being a nuisance. We thought we were hard, and we were drinking.
“Things were getting out of control and Nan said to me, ‘Liam, you are just on the wrong path’.
“If she hadn’t done that I absolutely think I could have ended up an alcoholic druggie. But soon after that I discovered dancing, singing and acting.”
Liam, who picked Will.i.am’s team, went on to star in a number of West End shows, including Wicked, Hairspray and Les Miserables.
Liam was bullied at school because of the colour of his skin and his love of dance.
But he said, “I got through it and I’m proud of who I am. I know my family are proud too.”
Listen to Liam’s performance above and tell us he didn’t stun you?!