Meet our JSS Europe winner, Marcus Bagley-Hodkin

By Rachael Summers, JSS artist, reporter and co-presenter Junior Star Singer Songwriter

Alongside the 2018 Junior Star Singer/Songwriter national competition, we travelled a little further to reach talented young people aged 10-16 for Junior Star Singer/Songwriter Europe! This special edition was met with some incredible entries, but there could only be one winner and that lucky person was Marcus Bagley-Hodkin from the UK! I caught up with Marcus for a chat about how he felt to be named European winner and what his plans are for the future.

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The Junior Star Singer Songwriter final – the day where everyone was a winner

Following on from our success in the Junior Star Singer competition in 2017, we came down to the studios in London, on the day of the final, to perform the demo of the song we co- wrote for the contestants. It must have been hard for the contestants because we only sang it once. Although they had the opportunity to record the demo on their phones, it still must have been a challenging task practising in the same space as all the others who were also busy trying out the song as well!

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It’s great up north – the JSS team goes on tour to find great northern talent!

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.

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Amanda Tells All: Back to the Beginnings

It’s hard to keep up with the Junior Star Singer creator, Amanda Neale, who has accomplished so much in the music industry. She has worked in most positions you can think of in the music industry, from production, to mentoring, to even having been a popstar herself. Therefore, of course, who better than Amanda to coach young artists and guide them on their way to stardom?

It’s evident from her work that Amanda keeps JSS very close to her heart, but how did the company founder come up with it in the first place? Here she is to tell us more…

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