3 March 2014
Leah McKeever scoops a half day in Half Bap recording studios after winning the Singing Star North Belfast competition
Singing Star North Belfast put young solo talent from schools across the North of the city against each other in an X-Factor style battle.
In total, over £2000 was raised at the competition which took place at The Mac in St Anne’s Square on Friday 28 February 2014. All money went towards Aware Defeat Depression.
The winner of the competition was 11 year old Leah McKeever from Mercy College. The year 8 student performed an excellent version of the Adele classic, ‘make you feel my love.’ She wowed the judges and stunned the audience and was a very deserving winner. Leah will be recording her song in the amazing half bap recording studios based in Belfast.
Students from Edmund Rice College, Boys Model, St Malachy’s College, Mercy College and Hazelwood Integrated College all took part in the event.
The competitors collected votes from members of the public the week before the event and the audience topped up the public vote after each singer performed on the night. Curtis Patrick from Boys Model School collected the most votes and was awarded a £100 gift voucher from CastleCourt.
As well as a prize for the winner of the public vote there were also prizes from the judges’ vote.
The exciting panel of celebrity judges included North Belfast-born opera singer Marcella Walsh, artist development manager Davy Matchett and Glengormley Paralympic Gold Medallist Michael McKillop.
All the schools taking part have recently received Aware Defeat Depression’s Mood Matters for Young People programme.
The programme is designed to help young people develop skills to look after their own mental health and recognise mental ill health in others.
Fundraising Officer for Aware Defeat Depression, Kieran Hughes was delighted with how the night went,
“All the contestants were absolutely fantastic and sang very well. I am glad I didn’t have the hard task the judges had to pick a winner. The talent coming out of North Belfast is amazing and we are glad to have embraced this talent in this way.
“The money raised will go far to help us to continue our services to help people with depression, and to teach people the importance of looking after their mental health.”
Here is a video of the fantastic Leah singing her song.