Junior Star Singer takes young talents on a fantastic and unique journey, giving them the best possible industry exposure and a real feel for musical stardom.
Two JSS superstars are Billy and Louie, the winners for Best Group 2017. We sat down with them to find out how they found the experience…
Hi guys! Congratulations on your win! How did it feel to be named Best Group?
B: It was a great feeling, we were on our way to Birmingham for a friends birthday party and mum text us to tell us she had just had the email saying we had won! Could not quite believe it to be honest, but I was really excited to find out what would be next!
L: I felt over the moon. I couldn’t wait to tell everyone, especially my grandparents who are so supportive of us!
That’s great! What has been the most enjoyable aspect of being part of JSS?
B: The whole experience has been fantastic, but the actual competition day itself in London was the best – I had no idea what to expect and was a little anxious as we were told we did not need to prepare anything – which is a little unusual! – but we went with it. When we got there, we had to split into two groups and were then given a piece to learn in 20 mins or so, which we were assessed on.
L: Meeting everyone, all the contestants, judges and professionals responsible for the whole organisation.
How did you get involved in JSS?
B: We did some work with our local independent radio station, 105.5 and the Radio Manager Shirley asked us to enter the competition, as she promotes local singers and musicians. We were glad to enter and the first round was to sing on 105.5 along with two other contestants.
L: Through Swindon 105.5 Radio. They are very supportive of local talent and we have done some work with them at their charity events and old town festival. Shirley, the station manager invited us to take part.
What artists and bands are you inspired by?
B: Alison Moyet, Christina Aguilera, Anastasia, Adele, Aretha Franklin, Amber Riley, London Grammar, Amy Winehouse and Birdy.
L: Christina Aguilera, Anastasia, Alison Moyet, Aretha Franklin, Adele, Nina Simone.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to pursue music as a career?
B: Get as much exposure as possible, practice all the time, work on vocals, get some vocal tuition if possible, listen to all genres of music, enter competitions, take as many performance/recording opportunities as possible and just enjoy it!
L: Go with what you think, listen to advice from professionals and non-music professionals alike and practice singing and musical instruments as much as possible!
What can we expect to hear/see from you this year?
B: We are performing at the 10 year anniversary of 105.5 at the end of March, as well as at a host of school performances throughout the year. We will also be performing at the Swindon old town festival throughout the summer, writing and recording some more original material for our social media site and hopefully delivering a demo disk.
L: We will be performing at the 10 year anniversary of 105.5 dinner dance, a number of school concerts and performances, the Swindon Old Town festival and using the summer holidays to do lots of song writing and composing.
Exciting stuff! Stay tuned at http://www.jssonline.com for more updates!