And the region has shown it to the rest of the nation time and time again by staring on some of the biggest TV talent shows like The Voice, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
We have delved into our archives to look back at such stars in the making.
How many do you remember cheering on and voting for?
1. Courtney Hadwin
Who could forget Courtney Hadwin from Hesleden who reached the final of America's Got Talent in 2018? Host Tyra Banks told Courtney, then just 13: "You have introduced rock and roll to so many kids. This is just the beginning, you should be so proud." Later that year Courtney signed a record deal under Simon Cowell's Syco Records label.
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2. Courtney on The Voice Kids
The year prior to winning plaudits on America's Got Talent, Courtney appeared on ITV's The Voice Kids UK in 2017, narrowly missing out on the show's top prize.
3. Danny Posthill
Hartlepool comedian Danny Posthill made a big impression on Britain's Got Talent in 2015 with his take offs of celebrities and comedians. He reached the grand final and has gone onto perform across teh country, in panto and his own show at the Edinburgh Festival last year.
4. Michael Rice
One of the biggest young talents to come out of Hartlepool in recent years is singer Michael Rice, He auditioned on The X Factor aged just 16 in 2014.
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