Emily Middlemas crowned TeenStar 2014 Champion!

The national singing competition TeenStar has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of prestigious Future Music competition winners, Emily Middlemas from Glasgow, Scotland has been crowned as TeenStar 2014 champion at The NEC in Birmingham.

 

TeenStar 2014 champion

 

Emily Middlemas was crowned champion in front of a capacity crowd and a prestigious music industry judging panel at The NEC in Birmingham on Saturday night. Singing her own original song ‘Goodnight Kiss’, Emily won over the competition industry judges, making her the winner of the Mid-Teen age category and the overall winner of the TeenStar singing competition. She has now won a recording and development deal including £5,000 to spend on the development of her music.

 

 

The national singing competition is brought to you by Future Music – the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music, and last year’s TeenStar competition winner Luke Friend, who was runner up on The X Factor last year.

 

Music industry judges

 

After impressing the judging panel at the auditions Emily Middlemas battled against more than 9,000 acts who signed up to TeenStar this year across the UK. She went on to perform in the TeenStar live showcases, battling through both Regional and Area Final heats to make it to the national Grand Final.

 

The judging panel for the Grand Final included record label representatives from Sony and Universal, as well as names such as four time Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill, Birdy’s producer Gareth Henderson, Sony Music talent scout James Dillamore, A&R scout for Universal Music James Meadows, Jayne Collins – an A&R consultant for major record companies who has put together and managed The Saturdays and The Wanted, CeCe Sammy – a TV personality and celebrity vocal coach who has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Will Young, Simon Cowell and Leona Lewis, journalist for TeenStar partner Shout Magazine Claire McDonald, along with Head of Future Music Chris Grayston. Also picked by the judging panel as winners were Jake Mckechnie from Wigan, Manchester, who won the Pre-Teen age category, and Victoria Bass from Folkestone, Kent who took home the title for the Late-Teen age category.

 

Emily has now won a comprehensive consultation package with Future Music, an extensive winner’s publicity package, and an amazing £5,000 to spend on the development of her music. On winning the prizes Emily said,”Thank you to the TeenStar team for being so supportive throughout my musical journey, as well as my mum and dad, and the industry judges”.

 

Check out the music industry judges’ top scores by clicking here. For more information on what the music industry judges thought about Emily Middlemas’ performance, check out their feedback here and watch her winning performance here.

 

Future Music is also about to start auditions for Open Mic UK. It’s not too late to enter and audition in the next few coming weeks. To find out more and enter Open Mic UK now go to www.openmicukco.uk.

DiElle -Fearless Single

“With a contemporary feel to the opening of “Fearless” DiElle starts painting a musical picture of love, hurt, pain but ultimately one of a building of strength”.
“The orchestration and melodic piano provide a perfect canvas for DiElle to paint her lyrical picture and the light use of metaphor enables the song to be easily accessible whilst still conveying the message she’s setting out to tell”.
“Can’t wait to hear more from DiElle based on this offering”.
Richard Setford – THE CRUSH & THE FLASH

On iTunes

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MAGIC! – Rude

4 piece Toronto based reggae band MAGIC! are set to release their debut single Rude through RCA / Sony music UK on July 20th. Already a hit across Europe and at radio in the US, this single precedes the release of their debut album Don’t Kill the Magic! on August 4th.

 

When something is meant to be, you just know it immediately. It’s as if there was a divine plan or universal synergy fusing the right elements together at the right time for the right situation. That’s the feeling Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Nasri (Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown, Jason DeRulo, Jay Sean, Shakira) experienced the first time MAGIC! jammed. During a writing session in 2012, he heard collaborator and guitarist Mark Pelli strum a reggae-tinged riff, and something clicked.

 

I’m a huge fan of The Police, and I always wanted to do my own project that merged reggae, rock, pop, and a little soul for quite some time,” he affirms. “The moment Mark began playing, it felt natural. We had this vision, and it all tied together instantly. We began recording, and the sound was so locked in on every song. That’s even where we derived the band name. Everything simply worked like MAGIC!”

 

That sound distills Caribbean flavor, arena-size bombast, and glistening melodies into an undeniably intoxicating musical potion. Soon after that initial jam, drummer Alex Tanas and bassist Ben Spivak joined the fold as the quartet entered a Los Angeles studio to record its full-length 2014 debut. There weren’t any boundaries or rules. It was all about following that collective muse. “We started recording, and it was so easy,” adds Nasri. “We’re all from Toronto originally. We know the same streets, and we grew up on the same music. It’s the real thing.” It’s also real catchy. The first single Rude coasts from a Jamaican guitar twang and danceable beat into a downright irresistible refrain. At the same time, the singer’s cheeky storytelling pops out vividly. “I had this picture in my head of a guy asking a father for his marriage blessing and getting rejected,” he says. “It’s fun, soulful, easy, and you know the hook right away. That’s what we want our songs to do.”