A teenage singing star-in-the-making from Knowsley will soon be hitting the airwaves after winning a competition to find the most talented local performers.
She went head-to-head with six other finalists in the grand finale, which was held at Knowsley Housing Trust’s Community Day at the weekend and hosted by 99.8FM KCC Live.
Judges Dave North, DJ at KCC Live; local singer Liza Barton; Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Gary Millar; and 2011 X Factor finalist James Michael, were impressed with the character and confidence of her voice as she belted out hits from musicals Fame and Les Miserables.
Jessica, who has been singing since she was 14, was shocked to win, especially as her mum entered her into the competition as a surprise.
The Liverpool Community College student said: “It was the first time I have performed in front of a large audience. I can’t believe I won!
“There are so many amazing songs in musical theatre and it’s just so different. I would love to sing on the stage.”
Her prize includes a day in a recording studio and her song will receive airplay on KCC Live. She will also perform at KHT’s Community Achievement Awards in September.
Judge Liza Barton said: “I would pay to see Jessica on stage in a musical. Her performance gave me goosebumps.”
Dave North said she “seems like she has been doing this for years” while James Michael told her: “You are a recording artist waiting to get into the studio”.
The competition was organised by Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT) to inspire and support young people in the borough. They invited local singers to send in videos of themselves performing and the entries were cut down to the final seven.
Close runners up in the final were Victoria Goulding, Sophie Evans and Jess Bradbury.
Phil McNamara, Marketing & Communications Officer at KHT, said: “We were blown away by the standard of the entries and it was very difficult to choose between them. Jessica’s performance was sensational and we are really thrilled for her.
“The idea was to add something extra special to this year’s Community Day while opening up opportunities for young people in the borough. We hope all the finalists go on to great things and achieve their singing ambitions.”
Thousands attended KHT’s Community Day at King George V playing field Huyton, enjoying circus skills, face painting, a climbing wall, football tournament and much more.