As pop star experiences go, Louise Spiteri has had one that’s better than most.
The South Shore singer appeared at Hyde Park in front of 75,000 people providing backing vocals for Ozzy Osbourne.
“It was pretty amazing,” said Spiteri. “It was the Olympic Torch concert and going up on stage in front of that crowd was an incredible experience.
“I was part of a choir singing the backing vocals, while Ozzy and his daughter Kelly did the song Changes.
“Just before we went on stage Rod Stewart wandered over and told us to chill out and enjoy it. James Brown was there, Will Young ... it was pretty special really.”
Louise went to Cardinal Allen School in Fleetwood and Blackpool Sixth Form College, before heading south to the Brighton Institute of Modern Music.
One of her teachers was Carleen Anderson from Brand New Heavies, who Louise struck it off with. The pair met up again recently when Louise opened for the band at Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom as part of the Craig Charles Funk and Soul show before Christmas.
“That was a great night – it’s a beautiful venue so it was great singing there,” she said.
Louise is a busy woman. Like many aspiring vocalists and singer-songwriters, she has two careers – she does paid gigs singing cover versions to earn a wage, while also working on her own original material.
“I write and record music that is quite soulful and R&B like, but a bit more dance based,” she explained.
“Ideally I want to get to the point where I’m singing my own stuff at festivals and doing cool gigs. Getting signed is the ultimate aim but I also enjoy doing what I’m doing at the moment.”
Louise sings at bars throughout town, especially in Lytham and St Annes, and on top of that often does warm-up spots for Blackpool band Touch The Pearl and sometimes performs as one of the backing singers in the band.
“I love that band so it is great doing it,” she said. “In fact one of the highlights of last year was playing the Sunderland Empire Theatre and the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham when Touch The Pearl supported Roy Chubby Brown on tour.”
As if all that wasn’t enough, Louise has also started her own show on Cowbell Radio. A non-commercial, internet radio station which broadcasts from Blackpool Cricket Club, Louise’s show is on every Sunday from 5-7pm.
A talented girl you can check out examples of her work, and her upcoming gigs, at www.facebook/com/lousisespiterivocalist or at her Soundcloud page.
n Anyone interested in booking Louise can contact her at louisespiteri82@gmail. com.