Picture: Youth Work Ireland Laois
Leading Irish vocalist Gemma Sugrue spent time teaching the Laois Integration Choir this week and the results are fantastic.
This choir of young people came together as part of Youth Work Ireland Laois and showed off their skills by singing the famous hit song 'Shallow' from A Star is Born.
Laois Integration Choir will perform at this year's St Patrick's Day parade in Portlaoise on March 17.
The project is funded by Laois LCDC through the Healthy Ireland Fund, and sees over 30 children from varied backgrounds and culture come together to learn to sing.
Gemma Sugrue is a vocalist and vocal coach based in Dublin, Ireland. She is classically trained and holds a 1st class Hons MA and BMus from CIT Cork School of Music.
She hosts masterclasses in Ireland and the UK in schools and colleges including BIMM Manchester, BIMM Dublin, UCC and UL and festivals including Cork Choral Festival, Gospel Rising, Summer Sing, Sing Out Loud, Perform Ireland and more!
She most recently featured as the soloist with Jenny Greene and the RTE Concert Orchestra, recreating 90s dance classics at Electric Picnic and sold out shows at the 3 Arena Dublin, The Marquee Cork and Galway Arts Festival.
Gemma released her debut album In My Nature with The Julien Colarossi Quartet in 2018 and also loves working as a hired vocalist for TV, radio and events including The Late Late Show and Dancing with the Stars.
She has performed as a backing vocalist with artists including Bon Iver, Gilbert O’Sullivan, James Vincent McMorrow, Mark Feehily of Westlife, Brian Deady, Jack O’Rourke and has supported acts including Chic and Billy Ocean.