Supporting an international popstar is just your typical Wednesday night for Gildersome girl Sophie Norris.
The 20 year old singer songwriter has got the chance to sing live in front of an audience of around 6,000 at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre when she supports Jessie J later this month.
She has been given this amazing opportunity after her teachers at Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough, where she studies music, sent a few of her songs to their local council, who were running a competition to find talented singers to perform on the same night as Jessie J. The Council then got in touch with the global singing sensation’s management team who liked Sophie’s songs so much they chose her to kick off the night on June 25.
Sophie lives at Park Way in Gildersome with her family but followed her dream to study music at the college and says she is nervous but also really excited.
“I was over the moon when I first heard the news, it’s really exciting and I am very grateful for this opportunity. I am a little bit nervous but I know as soon as I get behind the mic I will just really enjoy it.”
Sophie occasionally plays shows in the Leeds area and recently won the Voice of Yorkshire competition singing her own song Crash and Burn. This was a competition on May 31 held by May’ke A Million In May which was a fundraising campaign by 14 year old Bethany Hare who also runs the Leeds charity Bethany’s Smile.
After wowing the judges at the event, at Millennium Square, she came first out of ten other contestants and was given the May’ke Voice Of Yorkshire trophy. As part of this prize Sophie also won a recording session in the Sound Sense recording studio, a photoshoot and makeover, and a family pass to Stockeld Park Estate.
Her family are very proud of the success and all the hard work that Sophie has put in. Her mum, Dorrianne Norris, 45, said: “From being about six years old she was always making songs up. We are obviously really proud of her, she has had to work really hard for this, it hasn’t been easy for her.”
Sophie has been building up a reputation that has resulted in her headlining at Scarborough Spa during the recent Science Fiction Convention with her band No Warning and working with rapper Nocky Nocks on exciting tracks in the studio and live onstage.
She is currently putting the finishing touches to her debut album ‘Handmade Woman’ whilst studying on The Artist Development Programme with The Underground Music Institute at Yorkshire Coast College.
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