Talented Year 8 pupil Shania Rowe has won a national song writing competition and the opportunity to professionally record one of her own songs which will be played through community radio stations across the country.
The aspiring singer-songwriter sailed through the opening regional rounds of the Junior Star Singer Songwriter Competition, a national competition for vocalists and songwriters aged 10 to 16 years, which was held at Bradford’s BCB Radio Station, with her unique rendition of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’.
‘I was really surprised to reach the final as there were so many really confident singers, but I was so overjoyed when I heard,’ said Shania.
Shania then faced the other regional winners in the national final on Saturday 10th December, at the Soundbox Studio in London, .
Although she faced some of the most talented young musicians from across the country, Shania rose to the challenge and performed a stunning interpretation of Bruno Mar’s chart hit ‘Uptown Funk’ which showcased her unique and dynamic vocals. After further impressing the judges with her expansive catalogue of self-penned songs, the judges awarded her first place position.
Now, as winner of the competition, which was organised by music entrepreneur, Amanda Neale, in partnership with over 20 community radio stations, Shania will be given the opportunity to have her songs heard by industry professionals and be featured on the network of participating radio stations across the country.
Music teacher, Miss Freeman, who encouraged Shania to enter the competition said: “Shania is such a hugely talented musician and has shown considerable flair as a singer and songwriter. She regularly performs her own music in school concerts, accompanying herself on the piano or guitar, and I am absolutely thrilled that she has received the recognition she fully deserves.”
Shania now plans to continue writing her own songs and hopes the exposure will help her take her first steps in the music industry. ‘I hope taking part and winning this competition will open doors for me and lead me in the right direction,’ she said.
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