North Norfolk Teenage singer’s record contract
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A teenager is hitting the high notes with a new record deal.
Olivia Watson, 16, from Little Barningham, is on the verge of being signed onto an independent label as a singer and songwriter after winning numerous talent contests and showcasing her singing voice.
Olivia, who attends Aylsham High School, sings a wide range of songs including pieces from musicals, ballads and contemporary music.
She also performs regularly with her mum's partner Robert Bindley, 25, who plays acoustic guitar, and works with vocal coach Samantha Coe who runs the The Wharf Academy in Norwich.
Although her family are not allowed to reveal the exact details of who she is signing to just yet, Olivia, who auditioned for Britain's Got Talent in 2014, said she is overjoyed at the prospect of being able to create her own music.
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Olivia said: 'I can't believe I have been given the opportunity to do what I love and I cannot wait to get started.'
Singing talent runs in the family, Olivia's great-great grandmother, Harriet Watson nee Leech, was chosen to sing solo at the age of 17 for Queen Victoria in London in 1857. And it was her grandfather Wes Watson's 'deep baritone' voice which made her grandmother Joan fall in love with him after she heard him singing during a social night out.
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Olivia's next performance will be at Aylsham High School's fashion show which takes place at the school on April 22 at 7pm.
Her mum Mary, 45, said: 'I can remember her singing in her car seat the back of the when she was three-years-old, she would be singing along to rock songs.'
The first time Olivia performed in public was when she was 11 and sang Over The Rainbow, at her old school, Aldborough Primary.
Her mum said; 'I still get people come and talk to me about it now.'
She has gone on to sing in Norwich-based rock and soul choir, Invidia Voices, winning its talent show and receiving recording time with Ashwood Studios and her backing vocals featured on an album.