SINCE appearing on this year’s series of The Voice UK, Vicky Jones says her life has been a whirlwind.
The 29-year-old singer took to the stage with her band at London’s O2 Arena, as the support act for brother Danny’s pop supergroup McBusted, and has plans for own tour later this year.
Vicky, from Bromley Cross, said: “Since The Voice, I was offered the opportunity to go on the McBusted arena tour, so I got my band together, hit the studio to write some new tracks with songwriters I knew, and also my brother, and I cherry-picked all the boys from bands that I knew or toured with over the years or were just mutual friends.
“We had just five weeks to prepare for the first London O2 Arena show and that journey has brought us so close.
“We rehearsed, recorded and wrote non-stop whilst all working full-time. It's been an intense time but good intense. I have loved every second.”
Next Friday (MAY 9), sees McBusted — formed following the merger of boybands McFly and Busted — arrive at Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena for three nights as part of their tour, where they will be supported by pop rock band EofE.
Vicky, whose mum runs Xcel Hair Salon, The Last Drop Village, said: “Initially we were offered the choice of a few regional dates or two London dates — that was a no brainer. Manchester would have been so good, especially because two of us within the band are from Bolton, but London just holds more opportunity and we got a great industry guest list to come down and see us play.
“There may be the opportunity to play additional dates, we will see. I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I'd loved my nan to see me sing in such an amazing venue.”
While her brother has been in the spotlight since scoring chart success with McFly’s debut single 5 Colours in Her Hair in 2004, Vicky first came to the public’s attention in January when she was seen landing a place on Sir Tom Jones’ team on the BBC talent show.
The former Thornleigh Salesian College pupil failed to make it past the battle stages but says the show has helped push her in the right direction.
She said: “Since finishing The Voice my life has been a complete whirlwind, mainly because I have been making the show work for me, as at the end of that road you're kind of left in limbo.
“I love how the show has given me a push and a reason to strive and believe again but I also understand that it's not a deal breaker and you really do have to do the groundwork yourself. It isn't an instant career maker or a fairy godmother.
“Once it's done, you're on your own two feet. Luckily in my case I have already spent years working to make a career in music so, although I left the show more prematurely than I would have liked, the pieces have started to fall into place for me now.
“There are exciting things coming up, not all I can talk about yet as not all confirmed but I'd say this year is going to be one to remember. We will be touring and releasing a single before the year is out.”
As she continues to plug away at her own career, while also holding down day jobs including freelance work and fashion PR to pay the bills, she speaks proudly of her younger brother’s impressive musical achievements.
She said: “Who knew the phenomena of merging McFly and Busted was going to be this insane. The show really is something special. They have a rapport on stage that is unlike anything I've seen before. Just six best friends, having the time of their life.”
She is set to be one of the bridesmaids at Danny’s wedding to model Georgia Horsley this summer, with rumours she will sing at the happy occasion.
But, giving nothing away, she said: “My lips are sealed, ha! It's going to be a very special and emotional day.”
And looking forward to the big day, does she have any plans for a wedding of her own?
She said: “Not right now. I'm so focussed and I'm more content than I have even been in my life.
“I'm not averse to relationships at all, I just have clarity right now and balance, so I'm in no rush. Unless of course James Franco calls in and asks for my number, then we'll see!”