Singer’s hope in regional contest

Singer Jessica Harrison
Singer Jessica Harrison

TEENAGE singer Jessica Harrison is bidding for stardom after reaching the regional finals of a talent competition.

The 17-year-old, from Hartlepool, will perform at the Open Mic finals in the Mill Volvo Theatre, in Newcastle on October 19.

And if she goes through, she will sing at the O2 arena in London in the national grand finale.

Dad David, who works as a deputy manager at B&Q, said: “We are so proud of her. She has gone from strength to strength. She has done well in performing arts and she is aiming for what she wants to do. The sky is the limit for her.”

Jessica, from Tunstall Avenue in Hartlepool, attends Stockton Riverside College and is a former student of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College.

She said: “I have to perform on a big stage at the Tyne Theatre and I am terrified.”

But Jessica, whose mum Lynne is the librarian at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, is no stranger to the contest. She reached the regional finals in 2011 and is hoping to go one step further this time.

Jessica, who is studying musical theatre at college, sang “Out here on my Own” from Fame in an earlier heat to reach the regional finals.

She added: “I am proud of myself to get to this stage and getting to the semi-finals before does give me that bit of experience, but I am terrified to perform on the big stage.”

Jessica has been singing, acting and dancing since she was five. She has regularly been a part of stage musicals in school including We Will Rock You, Beauty and the Beast and Jesus Christ Superstar.