Recap by Mamie Shepherd
While the boy band, One Direction, invaded Atlanta, GA this week, the group’s opening act, Olly Murs, charmed the American crowd waiting for him at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! Murs, 2nd place X Factor UK 2009 winner, Double Platinum recording artist, co-host of Xtra Factor UK, author of “Happy Days”, and supporter for the charity, Brainwave, delighted the patients and staff at The Voice with his quick wit, amazing vocals, and enchanting accent. Arriving in a big, white, personalized “Olly Wagon,” (see the pictures below!) Murs brought contagious joy to The Voice.
Everyone was smitten with the English gent. Olly spent 45 minutes telling stories, beatboxing, and singing with patients who could not get enough of the 28-year-old performer. Sporting one of the signature hats that gained him fame on X Factor UK, Olly gave insight into his current hit, his feelings about the fast paced U.S., and his tour with One Direction!
He told us that he is like the “big brother” on tour with the 1D boys.“I never expected, in my wildest dreams, that I would be coming to America.”
We learned his favorite movie is “The Goonies” and his inspiration for beatboxing was Justin Timberlake (see the video recap below to check his skills out)! During Olly’s audition for X Factor, he received a glowing thumbs-up from the show’s creator and judge, Simon Cowell, who said, “I really, really like you. You are very, very, very cool!”
That sums up our feelings exactly! Murs makes our Heart Skip A Beat! Olly’s first American CD comes out on September 25, 2012! It will be a “happy day” when he returns to The Voice in Atlanta!