Singer Danielle has high hopes

Danielle Parker who is one step away from stardom in a national competition
Danielle Parker who is one step away from stardom in a national competition

SUPER singer Danielle Parker was today hoping to become the top teen in the country.

The 15-year-old from Hartlepool has sung her way through to the grand finals of a national competition called TeenStar.

And she will find out today, at the finals in the NEC venue in Birmingham, whether she has won the Mid-Teens category of the contest in which thousands of people took part.

The competition is open to unsigned singers and Danielle impressed in the early stages before she went on to perform in the TeenStar live showcases after battling through both the regional and area rounds.

TeenStar is a national talent competition for teens and preteens which searches all over the country for the UK’s best singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres.

Mum June Parker said: “We are really proud of her to have reached this far in the competition.”

Just as impressed was Danielle’s performing arts school teacher Toni Parker-Harvey, from the MTA Academy in Hartlepool, said: “She’s done amazingly well as there are a couple of thousand at the first stages of the audition and she’s now in the grand final of around 28 contestants.”

She said Danielle was “no stranger to success. She has won numerous talent contests and competitions and has over 20,000 hits on some of her YouTube videos.

“I couldn’t be prouder of Danielle. She is amazingly talented and I’ve watched her grow in confidence and talent. I knew she would go far on her very first lesson. Everyone is always blown away by her voice.

“She recently won a special recognition award and the vocalist of the year award at MTA’s presentation evening.”

Danielle will participate in the “Mid-Teens” category for teenagers between the age of 13-15.

In the past years, the grand final of TeenStar has had industry leaders sitting on the judging panel, including BBC Radio 1’s Annie Nigthingale and producer for One Direction and Ed Sheeran, Si Hulbert.

The overall winner will be awarded £5,000 in cash to be spent on development of their music along with an extensive publicity package to kick start their musical career.

The aim of TeenStar is to find an act that has the potential to become a professional recording artist.