The sky’s the limit for a Bridlington teenager who feels ‘overwhelmed’ ahead of the release of her debut single.
Classical singer Emmie Beckitt, 15, is to release the Christmas single ‘Welcome a Star’ in collaboration with classically trained pianist, composer and TV presenter, Rick Wakeman.
She said: “I felt overwhelmed with excitement and extremely grateful to be given the opportunity when I got the call.
“The song gives a true meaning of Christmas. The lyrics have been taken from the Gospel, but it is not a Christmas carol or a hymn.
“It is a melodic Christmas song and is truly beautiful so I just hope I can do it justice.”
Emmie is in her final year at St Augustine’s School in Scarborough where she sings in the senior school chamber choir.
She admits that juggling school work with music can be difficult but also very rewarding with the help of staff and planning ahead.
“It’s a very busy time for me. I have at least six concerts, radio interviews, my grade eight singing exam and GCSE mocks so it can be a bit of a struggle.
“My school music teacher Mr Barron has been my rock. Also I have to thank my singing coach Joy Coulam for her constant help and support.
“My mum and dad are always there for my needs no matter what they are they seem to get them sorted. I have the most understanding headteacher, Mr Taylor.”
Mr Barron said: “We are all so very proud of Emmie in how far she has progressed since joining the school.
“She is a delight to teach and an inspiration to many younger performers showing just how much you can achieve.”
When aged only 14, she supported Katherine Jenkins in concert in Burton Agnes and a year later, appeared at Roy Wood’s sell-out show at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, where she received a five-minute standing ovation.
“Both Rick and the record company are fantastic with me,” said Emmie. “I have been in the recording studios with Rick for something hopefully for the new year.
“There are talks of a television appearance, but that’s something we will have to wait and see.”
Emmie has a number of gigs in the area during the festive period. She is due to play at the free Bridlington Lions Christmas Concert on 14 December at the Bridlington Spa Royal Hall at 7pm.
She is also due to sing ‘Welcome a Star’ on 15 December at Scarborough Westborough Church from 6.45pm before making an appearance at The Expanse Hotel on Christmas Day.
Welcome a Star is released on Friday 4 December by Hope Records via Nova Distribution and will be available on CD as well as iTunes costing 99p.