Top music scout visits Red Dreams to see Hartlepool’s young talent

Dawn and Ian Mc Manus pictured outside the new Red Dreams premises.
Dawn and Ian Mc Manus pictured outside the new Red Dreams premises.
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A TOP music industry scout has visited a Hartlepool-based talent- nurturing organisation to look for stars of the future.

Chris McCourt, who works in artists and repertoire (A&R) for Atlantic Records, went along to the Red Dreams studio, in Whitby Street South, to see 10 young acts from the organisation perform live.

A mix of singers and singer-songwriters consisting of Paul Hart, Michael Rice, Nick Dixon, who appeared on BBC’s The Voice, Matty Kitching, David Arnett, Elena Larkin, Lucy French, Leanne Pickering, Kate Williams and Bradley James picked up the mic to try to impress Chris, who spent four hours at the studio on Friday night.

The performances were streamed live on the internet and Red Dreams co-founder Dawn McManus says she has had confirmation that representatives from Sony and Simon Cowell’s record label Syco were watching the footage.

Excited Dawn said: “Chris was very impressed with the kind of level of professionalism that the young people showed considering it was quite a big thing for them.

“Chris did a question and answer session afterwards, which was lovely for the young people and they got to ask him questions about the industry.

“He did mention that he wants to keep in touch with three of the acts.

“It’s absolutely amazing – every single one of the people who played performed original material.

“Chris was really impressed with everything that was happening.

“He thought the unit was incredible for bringing young people through.”

She said Chris has previously been keeping an eye on emerging talent from Red Dreams and has attended its Pitch Invasion music festival.

Dawn added that Chris suggested that the event is streamed online twice a month so other labels can see performances.

The live footage is still available, at