New single for Sheffield singer who just missed out on The Voice

A Sheffield singer song writer is determined to hit the musical big time despite missing out on the ITV hit series The Voice.

Friday, 10th January 2020, 3:53 pm
Adam Howarth: pic by Tom Holley

Hillsborough labourer Adam Howarth appeared on the ITV show in the hopes of providing a better life for his daughter and three step-children.

The 28-year-old performed his original song Losing Man in a bid to impress judges Olly, Will.I.Am, Tom Jones and Meghan Trainor.

Adam’s brilliant performance was an immediate hit with viewers and the audience alike, with members of the studio audience willing the judges to turn.

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Unfortunately, none of them did, meaning he bowed out of the competition at the blind auditions stage.

The Voice UK’s Olly Murs has since admitted he made a mistake in not turning for Adam.

Olly a Former X Factor finalist tweeted: “Sack us!! He was sooooooo good! What a bunch of lemons.”

Now Adam – whose stage name is “Howarth” - plans to release the self-penned song Losing Man as a single and this time hopes his talent will at last be recognised.

Adam whose performance was screened on Saturday said:

“I’m taking it in my stride and I’m going to ride that wave.

It was a bit surreal seeing myself on TV and my name in The Star.

“I am going to be releasing the single I performed on the show towards the end of the month. Losing Man will be on the major platforms very soon.”

Adam made a small mistake when he struggled to make a particularly high note during the first round of blind auditions.

He said: “Initially I was gutted – it is one of those things. I wasn’t what they were looking for and my voice cracked on the high note.

“When I see it now you can see just how close they were to turning . I wasn’t that far off.

He added: “I am excited and remaining positive about the future. It was a bit of a blow but I am planning to release this single and I am really looking forward to that.

“I went down with my partner Rachel and she was absolutely heartbroken when nobody turned around.

“When Ollie Murrs tweeted “We should all get the sack” that really did blow me away.”

The whole process started in February and Adam beat around 18,000 people to make the grade after the initial selection process. As well as his own song he had to submit and learn 10 more for the series.

A seasoned performer Adam has been playing gigs since he was 14 and has performed at Sheffield Academy, the Plug and Leadmill venues, supporting the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen Steve Craddock and ELO as a solo performer.

He was also a member of of Sheffield band Mary Wrote for several years.

Adam was a student at Barnsley College where Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys began their musical careers.

Adam is a labourer with a civil engineering company and says his bosses and workmates have been very supportive of his musical ambitions.

His partner of 7 years Rachel Howarth said: “I am super proud of Adam – he really deserves success because he is so talented . I know how good he is and what he can do. I noticed immediately he didn’t hit his high note I have never known him get nervous but it was one of the biggest things he has ever done.

“The show was filmed in October so we have had plenty of time to come to terms with it and we weren’t allowed to speak to anyone about it.

Their daughter Marlee 5, and Rachel’s chldren Olivia 18, Lola 11 and Isaac 10 have kept the result secret from their friends.

Rachel added: “We have had so many messages of support and media attention .

“He has played some big gigs but this was the one that could have changed his life . I hope it still will.”