A BRIGHT singing career beckons for a teenager who is being headhunted by record label chiefs.
Music moguls at Atlantic Records are closely watching Hartlepool schoolgirl Chloe Gibson’s progress after being impressed by her “raw talent”.
But at just 14, she faces a long wait before her chance in the international spotlight because bosses at the label – which is home to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz, Plan B and James Blunt – want to wait until she is 16 and give her time to develop,
Chloe, who lives with her mum, Nicola Ashley, a 38-year-old support worker in Longscar Walk, in Hartlepool, and also writes her own songs, said: “It’s really exciting but scary and nerve-wracking at the same time.
“I was over the moon when I heard Atlantic Records were interested.
“They are waiting for me to get older so I can develop my song-writing skills.”
The English Martyrs School student, who turns 15 next month, admitted her 16th birthday couldn’t come fast enough.
Her mum Nicola said: “I’m really proud of her and support her in whatever she wants to do.
“She’s in the middle of doing her exams and is doing really well.
“She’s just had her report and is expected A*s, As and Bs so she will always have something to fall back on.”
Chloe attends singing sessions with Red Dreams, a talent-nurturing agency based in Whitby Street South in Hartlepool.
The organisation was set up by Dawn and Ian McManus after their 16-year-old son Kyle died from a brain haemorrhage in 2007.
Dawn, a 40-year-old former teacher from the town’s Lennox Walk, said the record label acted as a judge in last year’s Red Dreams Music Awards and chose Chloe as the winner of the rising star category.
The record company did the same again this year, with Chloe being crowned the category winner for the second year in a row at this year’s awards ceremony, which was held at the town’s Corporation Welfare Club.
Chris McCourt, from Atlantic Records, said in his citation about Chloe: “I would have to say Chloe Gibson has shown the most raw talent and potential so she gets my vote.”
Dawn said since then, Atlantic had kept a keen ear out for Chloe’s music and progress and have asked for Red Dreams to send them any of her new recordings.
Red Dreams have sent the label three of Chloe’s songs, including Breathing and Beating, Sinking Slowly and Holding On, which won best original song (under-19) at this year’s awards bash.
Chloe, who also plays guitar, has been writing songs since she was 12 or 13, and she says she got her inspiration from the Disney channel.
She has been going to the Red Dreams sessions since they began in September 2009.