There is a burst of sunshine that beams through the pixels of your screen whenever you watch Mo Adeniran, the 21 year old Nigerian singer and winner of this year’s The Voice UK. For anyone who has heard Mo, the reaction stays same: electrifying! And this is not for want of what to call the richness of his raw voice in all its crude huskiness and high and low ranges.
Mo had the odds in his favor when all four judges: Will.i.am, Gavin Rossdale, Sir Tom Jones and Jennifer Hudson turned while he picked the latter as his coach. And for each performance on the show, he gave sterling renditions of the songs he sang from Paolo Nutini’s “Iron Sky” for his blind auditions, to X Ambassadors “Unsteady” for the final show.
However Mo’s life has been dogged by tragedy. Adopted at the age of 3, he was removed from the household five years later after reports of abuse by his adoptive mother got to welfare. He flew off the handle and had tempestuous teenage years, lost a friend to drug abuse and a band mate who died in fatal car crash. To make ends meet, he worked as a hotel attendant, a job that exposed him to the darker side of life, which he said left him “scarred for life” before producers scouted him for the show.
Winning the competition is a remarkable platform for the promising star to launch an impressive career and here is to wishing him longevity on the path he has chosen.