Hartlepool girl band Sparkle reach national music final

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A GIRL band is one step away from national 
glory.

Sparkle are through to the last stage of Open Mic UK and are now looking forward to the glittering finale at Birmingham NEC on January 24.

All of them are students with Miss Toni’s Academy of Singing and Performing Arts which is based in Park Road, in Hartlepool.

Academy owner Toni Parker-Harvey said she was delighted with the success of the group which was only formed earlier this year.

She added: “The girls are one of 25 finalists from all around the country and the only group in the competition, and also one of the youngest acts.”

The success of Sparkle has brought plenty of excitement to the academy.

Toni added: “They have successfully got through three previous auditions to get to this stage and everyone at MTA could not be prouder.

“The girls have only been singing together as a group for around nine months and show huge potential.”

The band is made up of 10-year-old Lottie Willis, from Peterlee, and 11-year-olds Campbell Daniels, Holly Bentham and Lily Gowland all from Hartlepool.

Open Mic UK 2014 is the biggest search for unsigned talent in the UK and travels the country every year searching for the UK’s best singers and singer-songwriters.

Thousands of hopefuls entered Open Mic UK nationwide.

The competition is divided into age categories, under 16, 16-20 and 21 and over. The winner of the grand final will win the main prize of £5,000 to spend on the development of their music career.

In recent years, the grand final has seen representatives from the three major record labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group - all present.

The competition is divided into age categories for performer aged under 16, 16-20 and 21 and over, and all types of singers from vocal performers to groups and acoustic singer-songwriters.

Those who reach the grand finals will have the chance to be win the main prize of £5,000 to spend on the development of their music career.

The competition is held by Future Music and previous judges to Future Music competitions include DJs that have worked for Radio 1 such as Ras Kwame, Daniel P Carter and Annie Nightingale MBE.