A singing sensation who wowed the judges on the UK’s top television talent contest is the latest performer to back our music campaign.
Student Daniel Chettoe left Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams impressed with his show-stopping performance on ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent show last weekend.
Daniel, 15, of Beverley Close, Thornton, sang Cry Me A River – earning a place in the next round of the contest with a voice that belies his age.
After clocking up 300,000 views on video sharing website YouTube, he took time out of rehearsals to throw his support behind our Give Us A Tune campaign, as we ask Gazette readers to donate 50 instruments and £20,000 to subsidise music lessons at Blackpool Music Academy in Waterloo Road.
The Millfield Academy student said: “I only discovered the academy at the start of this year.
“I have been several times to record songs.
“It just helps to show what they do with music.
“I would love to be a singer and performer. This is a great idea.”
Famous names including DJ Danny Howard, singer Little Boots and West End star Jodie Prenger have all given their support to our campaign. If £20,000 is raised it will help subsidise 10 classes of six musicians for a year, with lesson fees which normally cost £10 dropping to £4 per person.
Kind Gazette readers have already donated 30 instruments – 20 short of our target.
Daniel’s song, Cry Me A River, left the judges wowed on last Saturday’s show which was recorded in Manchester.
Following the programme thousands of people watched his performance on social media.
He added: “Alesha, Simon and David put me through.
“It was a great experience. I’ve had an amazing reaction from Facebook and YouTube users.
“My video has already been viewed around 300,000 times.”
Anyone interested in supporting our Give Us A Tune campaign can drop instruments off at the Academy in Waterloo Road, Blackpool.
To donate money to the Academy, visit www.blackpoolmusicacademy.com or , alternatively, for more information on the campaign, contact (01253) 695398.
Britain’s Got Talent is on ITV1 from 7pm today.