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IZZYE

I am IZZYE and I am a multi award winning singer and songwriter. I have recently been announced as the UK biggest online undiscovered talent under 18 for UTUK competition 2021.

I’m in year 10 at the highly acclaimed performance arts school Birmingham Ormiston Academy where I am on the music pathway and also media and production studies along with my other subjects for GCSE exams. I have completed Grade 5 ABRSM contemporary piano along with Grade 5 Trinity Guildhall in solo Musical Theatre.

I left Aldridge Academy at the end of year 9 to move to BOA. The lockdown and closed schools meant I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to my friends. I found it very hard to deal with the situation and missed my friends very much. I was also worried about going to a new school in Birmingham, so I started writing more songs some about how sad and worried everything was making me feel. I now have my own home recording studio and I have started to produce my own original tracks. Coming Back is out now and Blue Eyed will be released soon.

I have performed at festivals and gigs as part of the Bhangra Smash Up Band as a lead singer and in 2019 we headlined the World Women’s Conference at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Kensington, London with women from 42 different countries in the audience.

I have missed all my supporters coming to see sing and dance along to my shows and especially performing with the amazing Bhangra Smash Up.

You can find some of my work on izzyemusic and all social media.

For the Music Missed project, I have recorded:

  • Feel My Love
  • Into the Unknown
  • Just Got Paid

Thea

A stage is my ‘happy place’ and I love to perform so I can’t wait for shows and festivals to return. Despite the restrictions music and singing helped me through lockdown. Music has the power to transport you back in time to a happy memory or to improve your mood in a moment.

I chose to sing ‘Rainbow’ by country artist, Kacey Musgraves, as it is a song of hope and reassurance. I sang this song for my neighbours on our driveway as part of our VE Day celebrations in recognition and support of the amazing NHS and other key workers who had become our lockdown heroes with rainbow pictures in the windows behind and in the houses all around me. It was an experience I will never forget.

The pandemic has been a challenging time for us all and looking after our mental health has never been more important. I hope that the song’s soothing vibe and hopeful lyrics combined with the surrounding beauty of the park help you feel a sense of calm and hope for the future.

‘It will all be alright …’

Joseph Sheppard

My name is Joseph. I am 12 years old and I live in Dudley in the Black Country. I started playing guitar 4 years ago. The Coneygre youth centre has given me the opportunity to meet some good young guitar players who have helped me to improve. I have performed at events such as the Dartmouth Bonfire, Christmas Light Switch-Ons, Tipton Canal Festival and Tipton Carnival.

Since then, I featured in the John Lewis Bohemian Rhapsody advert on a rocket playing the lead riff. I have toured the UK playing Gavroche in the Cameron Mackintosh West End Les Mis tour.

Then lockdown hit, and the SHAPE talent final got cancelled and the Les Mis tour postponed. It was so sad to hear all the theatres were closed and all my fellow performers were sent home. I was on TV’s Britain’s got Talent during the first lockdown (filmed in advance). I carried on with online auditioning for another musical which will start once theatres re-open. I’ve also passed Trinity College London guitar certificate (grade 8) and LAMDA acting certificate (grade 3) with distinction. By the time of the second lockdown came I had started secondary school. This was more difficult as I had made new friends and missed seeing them.

I hope you enjoy a few of my songs I have learnt during lockdown. They are:

  • Sweet Child O’ Mine
  • Johnny B. Good
  • Are You Gonna Go My Way