Singing teen hoping for big break

A GIFTED Ipswich teenager is hoping to make a name for himself at a national talent competition.

A GIFTED Ipswich teenager is hoping to make a name for himself at a national talent competition.

Callum Robinson's soul ambition is to become a singing sensation and follow in the footsteps of his pop star heroes.

The 17-year-old from Fonnereau Road is poised to compete in the grand final of Open Mic UK - a nationwide search for singer-songwriters and vocalists - with a recording contract on offer to the winner.

Callum cites his biggest influences as Michael Jackson, Beyonce and the late R'n'B singer Aaliyah, but he wants to eclipse all of their successes and become a soul superstar.

The former Farlingaye High School pupil said: “I've been singing, dancing and acting for as long as I can remember but I started recording music around two years ago.

“It's not about making money for me. I just want to be big!”

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Callum studied for a national diploma in music at Suffolk College and is about to complete an NVQ in business administration.

Earlier this year he impressed the unforgiving X-Factor judges enough to get through the first round of auditions.

He failed to progress any further but is determined to make more of an impression this time round. “I felt a bit knocked back but I think now is my time,” said Callum. “Music is my passion and it feels like I was born to do it.

“When I wake up in the morning I want to sing, when I go to bed at night I want to sing.”

Callum has a lot of support from his family and claims that some of his talent may have been passed down by his grandmother who once owned her own dance school in Hull.

The young singer will take to the stage in front of eight celebrity judges at the final of Open Mic UK on October 11 at Beck Theatre, in Middlesex.

To listen to Callum sing and show your support visit myspace.com/callumalexanderrobinson

Do you have an undiscovered talent and want to make it big? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Click here to visit Callum's MySpace page and listen to him in actionClick here to visit Callum's MySpace page and listen to him in action