Junior Star Singer Songwriter is a great platform for helping our young artists to launch their musical careers and find ways to get their music out into the public domain. One opportunity that came up recently was the chance for our 2017 best group winners, Billy & Louie, to appear live on a radio show on BBC Wiltshire.
So, after a manic but fun search around the towns and cities of the UK, we finally found our Junior Star Singer Songwriter competition winner for 2018! After spending the day with us at the JSS final in London in December, Phoebe Maddison was announced best singer and overall winner of the competition.
By Rachael Summers, co-host of Junior Star Singer Songwriter
The music world was rocked on 16 August 2018 when it was announced that the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, had passed away after battling pancreatic cancer.
The North of England has already proven to be fertile ground for growing great singing talent, with several of our star performers and winners coming from northern cities. As part of our search for this year’s competition champion, we embarked on a three-day whistle-stop tour of some well-known northern towns and cities to see what we could find.
A group of our Junior Star Singer Songwriter stars came together for a wonderful summer showcase in Mayfair’s Hatchetts venue in Central London on 24th July.
On a balmy evening in the middle of the recent heatwave, artists were interviewed by main presenter Amanda Neale and then sang their hearts out to a packed audience.
Performers included past and present Junior Star Singer Songwriter winners Kasey Wray Wooderson, Chloe Dunne and Billie and Louie Hughes. They were also joined by presenter for the new JSS Theatre Star show, Scott Thornhill; our JSS presenters for JSS Extra South and JSS Extra North, Georgia Myers and Emily Taylor Smith; co-presenter Rachael Summers, new contestant Ruby Jahnke and contestant from last year Sarah Johnston.
JSS’s Kasey Wray has been busy singing for a range of audiences since her award in 2016, and is now busier than ever with her upcoming plans!
We at Junior Star Singer are still feeling warm and fuzzy with that after-Royal-Wedding glow. Two of our Star Singers, Billy and Louie, were able to celebrate the joyous occasion by singing at a street festival, and here they are to tell us more…
JSS’s Teide shares a little bit about her recent gig at Hatchets…