Much has been made of The Voice finalist Tyler James’ close relationship with Amy Winehouse, with many wondering why the ‘Back To Black’ singer never helped her friend get his music career off the ground.
Speaking to Entertainmentwise, Tyler revealed that he never would have wanted to use Amy to get ahead and that he treasured their deep friendship, explaining: “The record industry is a hard industry to get into. Lot’s of people come up to me in the street and they think because I was friends with Amy that I should have been sorted, but it doesn’t work like that.”
“And my friendship with Amy was a friendship and had nothing to do with her career. It’s not ‘Oh Amy can we do a track together so you can sort my life out for me’.”
Tyler has made it through to the final, even though he was the underdog in the competition going up against powerful vocalist Jaz Ellington, and he doesn’t take for granted how lucky he has been to get this far.
He told Entertainmentwise: “This show, and shows like this, the kind of exposure that you get, the platform that it is, you can’t get that from anything else. If you go to a record company now and you’ve got good stuff, it’s not like it was seven years ago, where they’ll just take a chance on you because they thought you are really talented.”
When asked what Amy would think if he was still here, the soulful crooner admitted: “I think originally, if I told her I was going for it, she’d have thought I was mental. She had the same kind of view that I had of shows like this, which is just how do people do it? How do you get up and sing and be judged in that way.”
However, the 30-year-old London boy admits that the deceased singer would have loved the opportunity to be a coach on The Voice and help potential singers, confessing: “I think maybe on something like this [she would have done it]…If someone can sing she’s got all the time in the world for them. She would love Bo, she’d love Vince, and she’d like so many people on this show.”
When asked about his plans for after the show finishes tonight, Tyler admitted: “I cannot wait to get in the studio, with a pen and paper and keyboard and write my *ss off! I’m a happy boy.”
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