Jade follows in siblings’ steps

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BLACKPOOL’S Jade Leigh has one ambition - to be a singer.

And if she’s as successful as the rest of her family - and at the moment she looks like being - then chances are she’ll make it to the very top.

Jade’s brother is Danny Howard, who has risen to national prominence in the last 12 months on Radio One and rated one of the best up and coming young DJs in the country.

And Jade’s sisters aren’t doing too badly either - 23-year-old Jenna, who works for Fylde council, has just been crowned winner of Miss Fylde Coast while eight-year-old Gabriella is appearing in Oliver at Preston’s Charter Theatre in the summer.

I think that’s the definition of talented family - though it’s all a bit of a mystery to mum Lindy.

“It probably sounds as if I’m a pushy parent but I’m really not. This is just the way they’ve all turned out,” she laughed.

“It’s even harder to understand because I have got no ability whatsoever at singing. I’m rubbish. I try but when I start the kids all tell me to stop.

“But I’m really proud of all of them. They’ve worked very hard to get where they are and more importantly they are also good people, which makes me very proud.”

Jade’s determination to be a singer is paying off for there’s no doubt her career appears to be heading in the right direction.

She performed at a national open mic competition in Liverpool a fortnight ago and has been selected to appear at the regional final at the end of March, where she will judged by, amongst others, an X-Factor finalist.

Jade, 16, a pupil at Lytham St Annes High, began singing when she was nine. She sings songs by the likes of Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera and has won several competitions locally - Voice of the Year, St Annes Idol, Lytham’s Got Talent and Search for a Star at Preston Guild Hall to name just a few.

She has been signed to an artist development programme by a local record label.

And if she’s ever struggling, couldn’t she just ask big brother Danny to play one of her tunes on Radio One.

“I’m not sure about that,” said mum Lindy. “She could pester him but he’d probably ignore her!”

He might not be able to for much longer because if Jade continues to make the progress she currently is, chances are it won’t be long before she’s a star in her own right.