X Factor finalist Janet Devlin makes her assault on the singles charts next week with a track made in Sheffield.
The Irish teen sensation – who turned 19 last week – turned to the city’s own Eliot Kennedy, who with right hand man Jim Jayawardena produced her album, Hide And Seek.
First track, Wonderful, co-written by Newton Faulkner and Toby Faulkner, is released as a single on Monday. And it’s expected to do well, not least of all because the budding pop princess has a huge fan base.
Her X Factor audition song, Elton John’s Your Song, has had over 22 million views on YouTube and she has around 400,000 Twitter followers. Today she publicly thanked Grammy award winner Eliot, who she met on X Factor in 2011, and the community of Sheffield for helping to make her dreams come true.
Eliot, who worked with her at his Steelworks studio, recently introduced her when she previewed her single at The Star-backed Women Of Steel Concert at Sheffield City Hall, which raised £62,000 for a statue to honour the women who kept the steel mills going in two world wars.
Like everyone on the bill she appeared there for free with city legends including Heaven 17, ABC’s Martin Fry and Tony Christie.
She said: “Eliot has been a great mentor to me and helped me out, with my album, the production and by just being someone that I can always go to for advice – about everything in the music industry. He’s been just awesome.
“I love Sheffield. I lived here for a year and I’ve only just moved out. So for me, coming back is great – everyone is really nice to me here and I’ve still a lot going on up here. I feel like everyone’s welcomed me as a part of the community.
“I’ve got a mini tour coming up next year, an acoustic one – and I’ll definitely be coming to Sheffield again. My recent gig at Sheffield’s O2 Academy was so good.
Janet said of appearing on the Women Of Steel charity show: “I believe these women deserve a statue – I was quite surprised they didn’t have one already. It was great to be on the bill. Everyone seemed to be all for the cause and that’s just great. The amount of money raised was unbelievable.”
Watch Janet performing Wonderful at www.thestar.co.uk/video