A TALENTED teenager is hoping to hit all the right notes for charity.
Shauna Gallon was victorious in last year’s Teenage Kicks contest in Newcastle with her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, winning the a chance to record a song and shoot a video.
Now Shauna is working on the song at Notes Studio in North Shields, and is hoping to release it as a charity single in aid of the NSPCC this summer.
The 13-year-old, a pupil at St Thomas More RC High School in North Shields, has recorded her vocal track for the single, a cover version of Concrete Angel by US country and western star Martina McBride, to raise awareness of child abuse.
Shauna, of Whitley Bay, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I won the Teenage Kicks event, and I’m so excited about the single.
“I chose the song because I wanted to give young people a voice and highlight abuse, and this song is really powerful in that message.”
Shauna has been singing since she was four and has performed on stage at the Playhouse Whitley Bay, as well as being part of Wideopen’s Bommel Musical Theatre and Gateshead’s Sage Academy of Performing Arts.
Mum Louise, 43, said: “You sometimes have to just stand back and remember that Shauna is only 13 and she is doing so much through her singing.
“This is something that she really wanted to do, and doing the single was very much her idea, as she is a teenager herself so she wanted to be able to help other teenagers who might need help.
“She is very passionate about raising awareness for the charity, and I am so proud of her for what she is doing.”
Martin O’Nions, who runs the Notes Studio with business partner Phil Martin, said: “We are busy recording the music and laying down the vocals for the single and then we will move on to shoot the video.
“When Shauna sang at Teenage Kicks, she just blew everyone away with her voice, so we are very happy to be able to help nurture that talent.”
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Mrs Gallon added: “It is amazing what Martin and Phil do at Notes, and we are so grateful to them for helping Shauna with the single as we couldn’t have done it in North Tyneside without them.”