Glengormley singer-songwriter, Andrea Magee delighted customers at Eden coffee shop in the town on Friday morning (November 8) when she gave an impromptu acoustic performance.
The X Factor star called in to the Ballyclare Road eatery for a cuppa and a chat before grabbing her guitar and entertaining staff and customers with a rendition of her single ‘Any Minute Now’, which she released in support of BBC Children in Need. She went on to play a medley of pop songs, which also impressed the discerning diners.
The talented 28-year-old, who now lives in Kent, was back home for a few days to visit family and play gigs in Holywood and Belfast. And she took time out of her busy schedule to talk to the Newtownabbey Times about her love of music, life after the X Factor, her blossoming career and her work with local charities such as CLIC Sargent and Northern Ireland Hospice.
The former special needs teacher has already given her backing to CLIC Sargent’s Santa’s Grotto fundraiser at Hillside Nursery and the Hospice’s Lights to Remember Christmas appeal. And she’s keen to put her musical talents and growing public profile to further good use by working with other charities and worthy causes.
“I’m delighted that I can use my music for something good. Going into this whole process my goal was never to become famous or to get heavily involved in the pop industry. My goal was always to get my music out there and for it to be used for something good.
“I don’t want to be a mega pop star. If it comes part and parcel with it then brilliant. But if I just get to use my music for something good then I’ve achieved my goal,” she said.
• Read the full interview in this week’s Newtownabbey Times (November 14 edition).
‘Any Minute Now’ is available from iTunes. Fifty pence from each download will be donated to Children in Need.
For more information about Andrea, check out her Facebook page - www.facebook.com/Andreamageeofficial - or follow her on Twitter - @MageeAndrea