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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JSS stars shine bright at Summer showcase

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.

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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.

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Introducing: Scott Thornhill

Scott Thornhill first entered Junior Star Singer a couple of years ago as a young contestant for West Side Radio in London. Based in Coulsdon, he is a drama enthusiast, keen to sing in musicals, and perform in local plays and theatre, having done so on numerous occasions. Now being mentored through Junior Star Singer Songwriter, Scott has already recorded his first demo. He will be performing some great favourites on the tour later this year with various piano tracks.

Scott is also producing and directing his own play later this year, a first time project with a view to branching out also into this field as a career. He will be co-ordinating auditions later in the summer. We caught up with Scott during one of his mentoring sessions. He tells us:

“I have struggled with things like depression and anxiety in the recent years of my life and those things combined can really drag you down. whenever I am playing music, whether it is singing, playing the keyboard etc I feel like I can just release those negative thoughts through my music to make space for positive ones. This has helped me put more feeling and emotions into my music, making it feel more real and heartfelt. “

Look out for Scott Thornhill on the JSS tour, he is also the new presenter this year for ‘Behind the Mic’ which speaks to contestants behind the scenes.

Star Singers in the snow!

It was a white, winter-y morning on March 3rd as Junior Star Singer stars gathered for their annual photo shoot. Founder of Junior Star Singer Amanda Neale arranged for artists to meet in Caterham Valley, Surrey, where the snow had settled beautifully across the hills – perfect for snapshots!

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Amanda Neale met with co-presenter Rachael Summers, presenters from Junior Star Singer Extra Teide Bryce and Georgia Lois, 2017 winner Chloe Dunne and artists Scott Thornhill and Sarah Johnson.  After smiling for the camera, the stars enjoyed their time in the snow by sledging down the park hills and throwing a few snow balls, making it a fun day for all! Not so much Beast from the East, but Fun in the South!

Our new presenters take to the Northern airwaves!

Our new presenters for Junior Star Singer Extra North took to their mics on Saturday (24th February) to record their first ever show at Phoenix Radio. With the station’s manager, Howard Priestley’s, assistance, Kasey Wray Wooderson and Emily Taylor Smith interviewed young artist Shivani. The girls totally smashed it and put together a great show. Read on to find out more about Shivani, Kasey and Emily! Continue reading “Our new presenters take to the Northern airwaves!”

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