Schoolgirl keen to show off her singing talents

A BRIGHT FUTURE: Jessica King, at home in Glemsford, is preparing to sing in a national competition.
A BRIGHT FUTURE: Jessica King, at home in Glemsford, is preparing to sing in a national competition.
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The stunning voice of a schoolgirl from Glemsford could be about to propel her to singing stardom.

Jessica King, from Bells Lane, is in the running to win a national talent competition for up-and-coming artists.

The 12-year-old, who goes to Stour Valley Community School in Clare, is through to the regional finals of Open Mic UK after impressing judges at an audition.

Jessica’s mum, Debbie, said she did not know where she got her talent from.

“She is always singing and wants to be a superstar,” she said. “She would love to be in the music industry and I get goose bumps when I hear her sing.”

Jessica, who is in Year 8 at school, goes to Theatretrain stage school and has performed at a number of high profile venues, including The Theatre Royal and the Royal Albert Hall.

She has also sung at the O2 in London and is hoping to return there, if she is successful with the next stage of the talent competition, as it is where the national finals will be held.

“It is quite exciting and I have been practising a lot,” said Jessica, who has a twin sister called Gemma who enjoys dance and drama.

“When I sing, I just try to focus on myself and feel confident.”

Having finished third in this year’s Bures Music Festival, Jessica hopes her experience will stand her in good stead when she takes to the stage at Southend Palace Theatre on October 20.

“The festival was my first competition and I was very happy to come third,” she said.

“I am not nervous at the moment, but I am sure the nerves will kick in.”

Lining up alongside Jessica will be Harry Planck, from Hadleigh.

The 14-year-old, who attends Hadleigh High School, was also one of the select few to negotiate the auditions, after singing Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons.

“We are very proud of him and he has always wanted to be able to sing and entertain,” said mum Hayley.

Harry is no stranger to auditions, having tried his luck at Britain’s Got Talent a few years ago.

“He also won Hadleigh’s Got Talent and he is always singing around the house,” added Debbie. “It would be such a big thing if he got to sing at the O2.”