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Teenagers from Springs Academy were recording at Sheffield’s Steelworks Studio, on Brown Street, in the Be The Best That You Can Be project.

Teenagers from Springs Academy were recording at Sheffield’s Steelworks Studio, on Brown Street, in the Be The Best That You Can Be project.

Also in the studio was The Reason 4, a band from X Factor, recording their album with Eliot Kennedy.

After hearing the youngsters, Eliot invited them to sing on a track for The Reason 4’s album.

Springs pupil Megan Lindop, aged 14, said: “It was so exciting. We’d been working hard on our song as part of the Children’s Festival and just being in a real recording studio was great enough. When we were invited to sing on a real track that will actually be released was amazing.

“Thanks to the festival project we’re getting to do what people my age all over the country can only dream of.”

The Be The Best You Can Be project has involved over 1,000 children from schools across Sheffield in singing, song–writing and music.

The project started with primary and secondary school children working with poets and contributing words and phrases to a lyric bank.

A small group of talented musicians from Sheffield Springs Academy used the lyric bank to write an inspiring and uplifting song called Don’t Hold Back

They also wrote the music.

Members then worked with band development professionals Kat Eaton and Nick Atkinson, from Badge Music, and the track was recorded at Steelworks Studio, which has played host to musical greats including Aretha Franklin, Jarvis Cocker and Take That.

Eliot said: “The group sounded awesome on the Reason 4 track. Steelworks Studio has seen its fair share of famous artists over the years but it was great to see a new group of shining stars fulfil a lifelong dream.”

The Reason 4 album is due out in November and the Sheffield youngsters will be heard by millions.

The group from Springs Academy will perform their Be The Best That You Can Be song at the opening ceremony for the 2011 Sainsbury’s UK School Games at Sheffield Arena this weekend.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Every year thousands of Sheffield youngsters are given a chance to get involved in the arts thanks to the Children’s Festival. This story is a real testament to the work we do to try and engage young people and help them release their creativity.”