Teenage singer riding high on stage success

Singer Jessica Harrison
Singer Jessica Harrison

TEENAGE singer Jessica Harrison is on the crest of a wave after a series of stage successes.

The 17-year-old, from Hartlepool is still in the running in the Open Mic competition after winning through the latest stages held at the Mill Volvo Theatre, in Newcastle.

She will now compete in the next round which is in Dewsbury Town Hall on Sunday, November 30, but it’s just one in a series of successes for Jessica who is also involved in other stage shows.

She also attends the Edith Harrison Performing Arts academy in Hartlepool.

On top of that, she works for an events company on a weekend, and was also performing earlier this week as Elsa from Frozen at the Seaton Carew Bonfire Night celebrations which had a theme of Fire and Ice.

On top of all that, she is a student at Stockton Riverside College where she is studying BTEC Level 3 Musical Theatre and she has auditioned for this year’s pantomime in The Arc Theatre at Stockton where she has got the part of Cinderella.

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

If she gets through the next round of Open Mic, she will sing at the O2 arena in London in the national grand finale.

She is no stranger to the contest. She reached the regional finals in 2011 and is hoping to go even 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 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.

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.

The area final showcases will provide acts with the opportunity to impress guests from the music and entertainment industry. The competition is divided into age categories – Under 16, 16-20 and 21 and over. The national finalists will have the chance to be win the main prize of £5,000 to spend on the development of their music career.