A SINGING sensation from Thornton is being tipped to make gigantic steps in the music industry this year.
Local lass Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots, has been setting the music world alight with her melodic electro pop sound.
The former Rossall pupil started piano lessons at five, graced the choir during school, was resident pianist at Cleveleys venue Sugar Sugar at 19 – and is now set for musical world domination!
According to music moguls at HMV and BBC, the 24 year-old rising star is hotly tipped as one of the acts to watch in 2009.
The former Blackpool Sixth Form student, who once worked her summer holidays at The Gazette, is finishing her first album in Los Angeles, and gaining increasing critical acclaim for her new tracks Stuck On Repeat and Meddle.
In just a year, she has swapped the streets of Little Thornton for the sights of Hollywood.
Despite her sparkling new lifestyle, Victoria speaks fondly of her Blackpool roots.
She said: "I come back to Blackpool whenever I can, I do miss living by the sea.
"The last year has been absolutely mental. To think 12 months ago I was living in Thornton with my parents and writing songs in their garage.
"Now I'm in Hollywood working with producer Greg Kirsten who has worked with Kylie and Lily Allen!
"It's incredibly hard work, I only get about two days off a month, but being a musician was always my dream.
"It's certainly not glamorous, I spend lots of time living out of a suitcase and being on buses with smelly boys – but I love what I am doing."
Little Boots' style is described as "catchy, credible, futuristic pop" and her trademark is to play the tenorion, a flashing Japanese gadget, which creates her unusual sound.
Victoria's meteoric rise to fame started after she moved to London to pursue a solo musical path. Her work was brought to the attention of producer Joe Goddard of Hot Chip fame, and she has since DJ'd at Glastonbury, made the front cover of NME and even appeared on Later With Jools Holland.
Little Boots takes her stage name from the controversial 1979 film Caligula, based on the life of the infamously insane Roman Emperor.
Caligula is Latin for Little Boots and Victoria’s friend thought the nickname suited her down to the ground.
Victoria gave some encouragement for Blackpool’s young talent who might dream of following in her dainty footsteps.
She said: “You have to be prepared to work incredibly hard, have real passion and ambition and don’t lose sight of your dream.
“I would recommend every child learns an instrument and try to stick at it as you get older, I wouldn’t have got where I am today if I hadn’t.”
Victoria’s former teachers were quick to praise her talent and wish her well.
Stuart Corrie, Rossall School’s deputy director of music said: “She was not only an extremely likeable pupil, but also very talented.
“It is no surprise to us that she’s emerging as a talent in electro-pop, she was always adventurous and keen to experiment with different musical genres.
Ian Carten, head of performing arts and music at Blackpool Sixth Form College, added: “We are chuffed for Victoria.
“Both she and her brother Ed have studied here and so she clearly is part of a very musical family. ”
n Little Boots single Stuck on Repeat is currently iTunes Single of the Week and can be downloaded free of charge.