Shy singing talent teased out of town

FULL VOICE: From the left, Stuart Leslie, Karen Warren, Kerry Gould and Amy Tribe

FULL VOICE: From the left, Stuart Leslie, Karen Warren, Kerry Gould and Amy Tribe

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SOME extraordinary talent is emerging from a pioneering ‘Love to Sing’ project run by two volunteers.

Singer-songwriter and music production duo Eddie Adamberry, 66, and Heather Hamer, 61, conceived the idea to entice shy, amateur singers to come out of their shells and reveal their hidden talents.

Last week the project, based at Bridport Arts Centre and run by Bridport FM, saw the oldest and youngest of the emerging talents record songs for an album.

Heather said everybody involved in the project would be singing songs specially written for them.

She said: “I want people to know how much courage it has taken them to come through the door.”

People keen to join go to the couple’s studio where they test their voices and give an idea of their taste in music.

Heather said: “Then we chose a song that we have written that they like, or we write one for them.”

For the oldest singer in town, 71-year-old Stuart Leslie they wrote a song called ‘I will always raise a smile upon your face’.

The youngest is 16-year-old Beaminster School student Amy Tribe and probably the most nervous is Kerry Gould.

Heather said: “When she first came she was literally quaking, she sang beautifully and we could tell she had a lovely voice but she literally could not stand still.

“Yet she came back within a week having learnt a song and the song itself is called ‘Will the Real Me Please Stand Up’ – when she heard it she said this is my song and she sang it absolutely beautifully.”

So far they have had about 14 people interested and laid down seven tracks for the album they aim to launch in September on Bridport FM. They are also making a documentary programme about the project.

Heather added: “We have found some extraordinary talent. For all of them it is the first time they have ever sung in front of a microphone in a recording studio.”

Eddie and Heather co-founded the Wild Love Music label, and have recently built a recording studio at their Bridport-based home.

They only came to West Dorset last year having fallen in love with the town. Heather said she only re-invented herself as a songwriter four years ago but Eddie has spent a lifetime in the music business.

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