What a difference a year makes ...

Dionne Hickey
Dionne Hickey

WHAT a difference a year makes, Dionne is no longer the timid schoolgirl she was when she stepped on stage at Kitty’s last November.

Back then the only time she’d sang on stage was in school shows.

Dionne Hickey

Dionne Hickey

Now she’s grown into a bubbly, confident young woman who is making a name for herself singing on the pub and club circuits.

And the 18-year-old believes she wouldn’t be where she is now if it wasn’t for the Voice of Fife.

Dionne told the Press: “Life’s a lot different from last year.

Pubs & clubs

“I’ve been singing in different pubs and clubs.

“I started out playing locally in Kincardine and it’s spread from there.

“I’ve now played places including Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow and pretty much every weekend is fully booked with gigs until the end of the year. I’ve also got a few booked for next year.

“The Voice has helped me a lot, particularly with my confidence.

“I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now if it wasn’t for that.

‘‘I wouldn’t know I was that good a singer and it was the competition that made me realise I could do it.”

Dionne won over our ‘Voice of Fife’ judging panel last year with her renditions of ‘Jar of Hearts’ by Christina Perri and Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’.

She went on to play her first gig with the Soul Kings at the Hilton in Glasgow, and now as well as her own gigs, she performs regularly alongside the Love Sweet Show Band.

Dionne continued: “My set is a mix of stuff, from older stuff to the more modern. There’s something for everyone.

Own songs

“I’ll sometimes even throw in one of my own songs, depending on how the night’s going and the audience.

“It’s great fun and I know there’s lots of people that wish they were doing what I’m doing, so I’m really lucky to be doing it.”

But it’s not all been plain sailing for Dionne.

Her plans to study Music Theatre at college encountered a setback after she dislocated her knee during a dance show and had to withdraw from the course on medical grounds.

However, she’s not let it put her off and plans to apply to university next year.

In the meantime she’s keeping busy with her music and looking to the future.

She said: “I’d like to get noticed with my own stuff, but it’s the hardest thing in the music industry.

“I’d like to perform on cruise ships and perform gigs at a higher level than I am now.

“And maybe one day I’d like to perform in a musical in the West End.”

And her final thoughts on the Voice of Fife?

“I’m really glad I did it,” she adds.

“My life has changed so quick.

‘‘A year ago I wasn’t really singing and now I’m making money from it!”