She’s recently appeared on ITV’s ‘Little Big Shots’ after producers discovered her on YouTube and invited her on the show. The 14-year-old budding vocalist Rachael Simone speaks to Jean Gasho on BBE about her journey as a rising young star and her new official single BIGGER.
Britain’s rising teen sensation Rachael Simone spoke exclusively to BBE about her journey as Britain’s promising upcoming young star. She started singing and dancing when she was a little girl. When she was about 2 and half years old, she told her mother that she was bored, that was the beginning of Rachael channelling her boredom into something positive that she loved doing! Ever since Rachael has never looked back. She started singing with choirs and performing at every opportunity she could get. She joined the Pineapple Performing Arts School at age eleven, specialising in street dance. She has danced at numerous events such as The Ideal Home Show, Barnardos at The Barbican and Royal Festival Hall.
Even though she is only 14, Racheal draws her inspiration from iconic music legends like Whitney Houston and Nina Simon, which depicts her special eye for exceptional music.
She also took to social media to let her beautiful soulful voice be heard. She started uploading covers of songs she sung on YouTube. Her rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing was breath-taking, highlighting Rachael stunning soulful voice. It was not surprising that ITV producers of Lisa Riley’s Little Big Shots discovered Rachael on YouTube and invited her to come and perform on the show. Rachael’s performance of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good was aired on ITV’s Little Big Shots last month. She left the audience and the ITV producers in
Rachael’s performance of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good was aired on ITV’s Little Big Shots last month. She left the audience and the ITV producers in awe of her beautiful voice. It was definitely one of the highlights of her singing career. Little Big Shots is available to watch on ITV HUB.
‘I still can’t believe I was on ITV. The experience was really amazing. The stage was huge and all the producers were really nice. What I loved about Little Big Shots was that it was not a competition. Everyone there was just being themselves. ’ Rachael said.
Rachael’s official single ‘BIGGER’ which she wrote clearly depicts the success that she has managed to achieve through her own hard work and determination. The song ‘BIGGER’ was inspired by Rio Olympics 2016 and the video was a source of inspiration and widely played and praised on various social media platforms.
‘I still can’t believe I was on itv. the experience was really amazing and the stage was huge’
Asked if she would consider going on talent completions like Britain’s Got Talent, Rachael said she loved what she did, and had no future plans of auditioning for talent shows, ‘I do not like the idea of voices being compared. Every voice is unique and different. I do not believe competitions are right’, Rachael explained.
‘I also don’t like what happened to Misha B when she was on the X-Factor in 2011. People treated her really badly.’
Misha B in 2011 was targeted by X-Factor judges Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh after they accused her of bullying other contestants backstage.
‘I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT VOICES SHOULD BE COMPARED. EVERY VOICE IS UNIQUE. WHY SHOULD SOMEONE BE TOLD THAT HIS OR HER VOICE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH JUST BECAUSE IT SOUNDS DIFFERENT’
‘There is so much competition out there? I mean have you seen Sarah Ikumu on Britain’s Got Talent? I actually know her. We go to the same music studio. I do not think I am anywhere as good as her though.’ Rachael laughed…
Rachael performs in a choir and is a team leader at St Georges Cathedral Girls Choir. She has taken part in the Diamond Fund Raising recording with St Paul’s Cathedral Choir & Cathedral Choirs of Britain. Rachael and her group’s recorded album went straight to number one.
With her mother Joy as her manager, Rachael has managed to achieve a lot from her singing and dancing without seeing her skin colour as a barrier.
‘Whatever voice you have, no matter what race you are, as long as you put yourself out there, there will be someone who will like you and listen to you’.
Bigger is now available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.