Island-born singer Helena Mace.
MUSIC ASCENDING Island-born rocker Helena Mace, who burst on to the European music scene three years ago after she was discovered singing karaoke, has seen her profile rise to its highest level yet when a programme about her life and career featured on Sky television.
The 39 year old, formerly of Argyll Street, Ryde, was recently interviewed on The Holiday and Cruise channel's (Sky 284) Cruising With the Stars programme, which in the past has featured comedy actor Ricky Tomlinson and various members of the Coronation Street cast.
The mother-of-one, a solo singer-songwriter who also performs in an acoustic duo and in a band, was interviewed by Debi Jones in Liverpool for the hour-long documentary.
In it, Helena, who now lives in Bournemouth, spoke about growing up and living on the Island, commenting on how wonderful it is as a holiday destination, and about its musical history — including the IW Festival and Level 42 — and how her musical roots were influenced by her parents, who are both accomplished musicians, who still live on the Island.
Helena, who released her ten-track debut recording, Enlightened, in 2009, and has released singles worldwide, with one reaching the iTunes Irish pop charts, is currently working on a follow-up album.
During the programme, she discussed her experiences of working in the music industry, from co-writing songs with major producers worldwide and writing songs for other artistes, to running her own singing competition and coaching musicians and singers.
The documentary, which is being repeated at the moment, will soon be available to view online.
Helena’s forthcoming live show at the Sandbanks Hotel, Poole, will be screened live on the same channel on January 21.