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Stacy is set for singing stardom

By This is Kent  |  Posted: February 09, 2010

Set for stardom: Singer Stacey Young is hoping to break into the music industry. Picture: Lindsay Dooley www.beingbeautiful.co.uk

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IF YOU haven't heard of Stacey Young, you soon will.

The 32-year-old singer has already convinced a local radio DJ to play one of her original songs on air and hopes it will finally set her on the road to success.

Stacey, a former Miss Canterbury, even has her own fan club on Facebook and is working on recording her first album at a studio in Whitstable.

She said: "It is fantastic. It is really busy. I had never thought of myself as a singer because life and my job got in the way. But it would be my dream come true.

"Singing is what I love the most and it is all coming together with help from Paul Creed, a producer and songwriter who has a studio at his home in Chestfield."

Stacey grew up in Canterbury and started her singing career as a member of the East Kent Girls Choir.

Stardom first beckoned in 1995 when she was 17 and still studying for A-levels. She made it to the final 10 to form a new girl band but she admitted: "I was the youngest and very inexperienced."

Perhaps it was just as well. The band went on to release its first single at the same time as the Spice Girls and was dwarfed by Scary, Posh, Sporty, Baby and Ginger.

Stacey met Davina McCall after auditioning for Popstars: The Rivals, the talent show that spawned Girls Aloud, and reached the second stage of X Factor.

After five years of singing in a London band and rubbing shoulders with actors from Emmerdale and EastEnders and meeting celebrity shoe designer Jimmy Choo – who said he loved her rendition of a Leann Rimes song – she returned to Kent in 2008 to become a careers adviser.

Stacey said: "Music became something I did on the side. Now I would like to get an album recorded and launch it with an acoustic showcase to see what happens."

The blonde beauty admits pop is her first love although the album will include some rock and jazz numbers, too.

Stacey said: "It is fantastic working with Paul again. We make a great team. I am learning the songs in an hour then starting to record them. It reminds me of my time in the East Kent Girls Choir when the director Colin Samuel would teach us songs in the same way.

"We are both perfectionists and we are going for quality. I think it is turning out well.

"My next step is to get a manager. It is all very new to me.

"I would like to do it properly and go to drama school or performing arts college. My experience has helped me mature as a singer. I hope that now is my time."

She has recorded a cover version of the Olivia Newton-John hit Xanadu and has had rave reviews for her self-penned song What Do I Do Now.

Stacey was Miss Canterbury in 1998 and Miss Kent Carnival Queen in 200. She came third in the Kent Idol singing contest in 2001 which was broadcast live from the Maidstone River Festival. She also went to university in Canterbury.

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    Jon, Maidstone  |  February 12 2010, 10:20AM

    Have heard Stacey singing online and she is a real genuine talent. She has the voice and the looks...total package. Record company bosses should take note...sign a real artist / songwriter.....

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    Lindsey Dooley, Sunny Ashford  |  February 11 2010, 11:04PM

    I was lucky enough to have Stacey sing my wedding song back in 2005. Although I'm biased, as she is such a close friend, I can honestly say she was amazing and made it even more of a special memory to me. Xx

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    Sam, Greenhithe, Kent  |  February 11 2010, 10:34PM

    Just listened to your song on youtube as I missed it on the radio and thought it was fab! You'll be a star soon, I'm sure of it....with a voice like that, it would be wrong not to let the rest of the world hear it! Best wishes for the future diva!

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    Amanda, Brisbane  |  February 11 2010, 10:22PM

    Stacey has a beautiful voice and performs like a true star, is good to see you really going for it now after putting the singing career 'on the side' for so long! Is lovely to see so many of your fans supporting you on the way, you deserve it! Can't wait for the album to come out. . .

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    Colin, Kent  |  February 11 2010, 9:37PM

    Stacey is as amazing singing live as she is on record - she holds her notes perfectly and she sure is lovely!

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    Paul Dooley, On the sofa  |  February 11 2010, 8:25PM

    Everytime I have seen Stacey sing she performs like a pro. I am so pleased to see you getting the exposure you deserve. Anyone who knows how hard Stacey has worked for many years will realise how much all the support means to her. All the best, Stacey (are you really 32!?) x

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    Mickeyray, Watford  |  February 11 2010, 2:10PM

    Haha Kent Idol! Love it! Seriously though she has the makings of a superstar, what with the looks to match the voice. One to watch for sure!

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    Livi, Essex  |  February 10 2010, 5:37PM

    Stacey is not only beautiful and talented but also an amazing person to be around. We always knew you were a Star Stace !

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    Denyse, Essex  |  February 10 2010, 4:29PM

    Stacey has it all - she has an amazing strong voice, she is naturally beautiful and has fabulous personality which shines through whenever she talks or sings. Her cover of Xanadu is wonderful and you can really connect to the words when she sings. Good luck Stacey - I really hope you get the break you deserve !!!

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    Melia, Canterbury  |  February 10 2010, 2:27PM

    I heard Stacey on the radio and was utterly transfixed by her music - she has a beautiful voice and seemed a lovely down to earth girl in her interview, I laughed out loud at the idea of her hiding her shoes from Jimmy Choo - just what I would have done!! I look forward to hearing more from her, when can we buy the album?