Melissa’s good deed

Melissa Miles - Happy House fundraiser
Melissa Miles - Happy House fundraiser
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Blackpool High Schools’ Pop Idol winner is launching her debut four-track EP with all the money raised going to help her favourite charity.

Twelve-year-old Melissa Miles, who performs under the stage name Missa, is hoping to net £400 from sales of the self-titled limited edition album for Children of Watamu’s Happy House Children’s Home in Kenya.

Melissa, who lives in South Shore and attends St George’s High School, became the youngest winner of the Blackpool High Schools’ Pop Idol title earlier this year after entering at the last minute.

“We had been on holiday and when she went back into school she found out the competition was taking place the next day,” said her mum Karen.

“She didn’t really have any time to prepare but she just went out and did it.

“She absolutely loves to sing and has so much fun when she’s on stage it’s lovely to see.”

As a finalist in the Pleasure beach Big One Talent Contest, Missa was invited to rub shoulders with A-lister and Britain’s Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff at the opening of Nickelodeon Land.

The four tracks on her live CD are Run, Ave Maria, First Time I Ever Saw Your Face and Over the Rainbow.

Missa, who also plays the flute, has been brought up in a home filled with music.

Her mum plays the flute and sings “a little” and her dad, John, is a dj at the Soul Suite, Blackpool.

Missa launched her CD last weekend at The Secret Garden Party, hosted by Scott Jay Marks, in Elswick, which was also raising money for the Happy House as one of its three charities.

Her family already sponsor one of the Happy House children.

“I wanted all the money to go to the Happy House because I really love all the children there and follow what’s happening on the blog,” said Melissa.

“It’s very special and I hope I’ll get to go there one day.”

Copies of Missa are £4 and can be ordered by calling 0771 101 5002.

To see a sample of Melissa singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow go to