If all those Saturday night TV talent shows have taught us anything, then it is that a great many people, young and old alike, can sing. They can sing like pop stars and musical theatre stars; they can combine pop and opera, and can reignite – whether or not the genre needs reigniting in the first place – swing.
But what those many Saturday night TV talent shows have also taught us is that to really stand any chance of becoming a successful singer that goes on to have an enduring career – one that possesses, if you will, the X factor – you need much more than merely a good set of pipes.
Lydia Singer is one such rare talent, a precociously young singer and
songwriter, also a gifted pianist who has collaborated with some of the UK’s finest musical talents, and who possesses an innate interest in – and blossoming talent for -production.
Lydia is just 14 years old, and has been doing this semi-professionally
now for the past five years. “When I put my mind to something,” she says, “I tend to find I can do it, especially when it comes to music.
I can’t tell you just how much I love music. It’s all I want to focus on, not just for now, the short term, but for the rest of my life.
I want to write, sing, produce – everything.”
She was born in 2001 in a small village outside Milton Keynes. She excels at school and it is music that has long been her overriding obsession. As a pre -teen she was a big fan of Disney, and entered her first singing competition at the age of nine, which she comfortably won.
She has since enrolled into a performing arts school, where she
is now busy developing her talents.
Her inspirations are myriad. She loves pop, musical theatre, jazz and classical, and has the vocal range to prove it. She has Arianna Grande, Idina Menzel and Ella Fitzgerald on shuffle, and at the age of 13 was invited to perform at no less a venue than Ronnie Scott’s.
This subsequently landed her an invitation to perform for jazz
legend Cleo Laine in Laine’s garden, in front of a hand -picked audience of
inspirational and influential people. In this way, she came to the attention of the professionals, songwriters and producers with whom she has since collaborated: Charles Foskett, Steve Salvari and Rob Davis, who has written with Kylie Minogue.
While YouTube will show you that she can inhabit someone else’s song with aplomb – Sia’s Titanium, for one – Lydia really comes into her own with her self-written compositions. Listen to her original track, Higher, a slickly commercial pop song with a memorable hook, and try to
convince yourself that it hasn’t already been a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
(Words by Nick Duerden)
The Sunday Times.