TEENAGERS from Springs Academy in Sheffield are to be heard on a new album after making an impression on Grammy award-winning producer Eliot Kennedy.
They were recording at the city’s Steelworks Studio as part of a project linked to the Children’s Festival at the same time as Eliot was working with the X Factor’s The Reason 4. He invited them to sing on a track for the group’s album, due to be released in November.
Eliot said: “The group sounded awesome on The Reason 4 track. Steelworks Studio has seen its fair share of famous artists over the years but it was great to see a new group of shining stars fulfil a lifelong dream.”
Megan Lindop, aged 14, said: “It was so exciting. We’d been working hard on our song as part of the Children’s Festival and just being in a real recording studio was great enough. When we were invited to sing on a real track that will actually be released that was amazing. Thanks to the festival project, we’re getting to do what people my age all over the country can only dream of.”
The teenagers in the studio as part of the ‘Be the best that you can be’ project between Sheffield Children’s Festival and ‘The Learning Year’, which has engaged over 1,000 children from schools across Sheffield in singing, songwriting and music.
Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Every year thousands of Sheffield youngsters are given a chance to get involved in the arts thanks to the Children’s Festival. This story is a real testament to the work we do to try and engage young people and help them release their creativity. “
The Springs students will be singing today (Thursday) at the opening ceremony for the Sainsbury’s UK School Games at Sheffield Arena.