YOUNG Galbally singing sensation Lauren McCrory hit a new high note this week, when she was crowned Champion of Glór Tíre 2017.
The 20-year-old country music star insists she never in her wildest dreams thought she would win the TG4 competition which was screened live to thousands of viewers on Tuesday night.
Speaking to the UH on Wednesday morning, an elated Lauren said she enjoyed the victory celebrations the previous evening with mentor Barry Kirwan and thanked everyone who voted for her.
“I am so thrilled. I genuinely thought Dermot (Lyons – fellow finalist) had won it and even tapped him on the back just before the winner was announced.
“But it was my name announced and I just couldn’t believe it. I was so shocked.
“To get through every week via the public vote was one thing, but to actually win because of the public taking the time to vote for me is unbelievable.
“The support I have received has been unbelievable and I truly am humbled that so many people are picking up their phones and voting for me. I really can’t thank them enough.”
Flying the flag for Tyrone, Lauren said she couldn’t believe the support she received with good luck messages being sent to her from fellow country singers, her old primary school in Galbally, St Joseph’s and even Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte.
With a €5,000 winners cheque now in her pocket, the country music songbird is already looking to the future and intends on using her Glór Tíre exposure and success as a springboard to propel her career in the music industry.
She said every penny of the prize money will go towards recording, singles, albums and making music videos.
“This is just the start,” said Lauren.
“Anything that I can do to develop a career in music, that money will go towards it. I want to take the opportunity I have been given thanks to Glór Tíre.
“Since the show started I have been flat out travelling the length and breadth of Ireland and have got out to perform with Barry and his band which has been an amazing experience.
“I just can’t thank him enough for selecting me to be on the show as without Barry none of this would even be possible.”
Lauren sang ‘All My Best’ a Merle Haggard tribute and ‘Some Day You’ll Love Me’ by Mick Flavin in the final and you can get a chance to hear her sing them again live this Saturday night when she joins Barry Kirwan on stage in Lola’s at the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than singing in my home county this Saturday night,” concluded Lauren.