Following her appearances on Britain’s Got Talent (BGT), Ribble Valley singer songwriter Ella Shaw is hosting an exclusive one-off show at Clitheroe’s The Grand.
BGT semi-finalist Ella has invited fellow contestants and friends she met while performing on the televised talent show to also perform.
The Sakyi Four, who drew comparisons from the judges with the Jackson 5, will feature, along with Emily Billington, Breaking Jazz and Cian Gleeson.
The event is being staged during Alopecia Awareness Month in support of the charity Alopecia UK.
Reflecting on her BGT experience, Ella told the Clitheroe Advertiser: “I got great experience on the show, but I’ve still got to work just as hard now to get myself out there. It’s a very difficult industry to be part of.”
She said that the BGT experience highlighted her strengths and her weaknesses and showed her which path to take – that of a singer songwriter on the piano.
“It has shown me which path to focus on and given me the confidence that people like my material,” she said.
“I am looking forward to putting on this concert and saying thank you to all the people who have supported me from the beginning.”
Ella, a former pupil of St Mary’s RC Primary School at Langho and St Augustine’s RC High School at Billington, continued: “I’ve always wanted to sing since I was a little girl, but I never thought that I would actually do it.”
Ella has just completed two years of studies in Creative Music at Salford City College’s FutureSkills - the equivalent of a BTEC qualification. Her studies taught her all manner of things from the legalities behind copyright to stage lighting.
Since BGT Ella has performed a concert at Preston Guild Hall to raise funds for Help For Heroes. She recently wrote a song that has a war theme called “Listen to the Words” and hopes to release it soon.
Supporting Alopecia UK at her forthcoming concert in Clitheroe is a cause close to Ella’s heart as she lost her hair when she was 10 years old while a pupil at St Mary’s at Langho.
She suffered with alopecia for the next five years and was completely bald for two of those.
As her hair grew back Ella used grips to pull her hair over the thinner patches. It wasn’t until Year Nine though that she took her wig off for the first time.
Ella, who puts her alopecia down to stress, enjoyed a happy childhood and lived on Revidge Road in Blackburn as a youngster, but she was upset when her parents decided to move. She also endured what she describes as a mild form of bullying while she was a pupil at Holy Souls RC Primary School at Blackburn.
“It was nothing serious, just primary school banter,” she said.
Referring to her forthcoming gig at The Grand, Ella added: “I just want to do something now for a charity close to my heart, I’m not interested in making money off this.”
Ella will perform mostly original songs on the night which she says in a way tell the story of her life so far.
One such song is called “A Drop Of Rain” which Ella wrote when she was just 12 years old and suffering from alopecia.
Tickets costing £8 (under 18s £5) for the concert are on sale via The Grand on 01200 421599 or www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Ella Shaw. (s)