Choir­boy Stephen is aim­ing for the charts

Tal­ented 13-year-old re­leases de­but al­bum

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Taylor

A choir­boy wants to swap church for the charts with the re­lease of his de­but al­bum.

Stephen Chalk, 13, cut sev­en­track record Peace Be With You af­ter his tal­ent was spot­ted at Pais­ley Abbey.

Film pro­duc­ers snapped him up to pro­vide vo­cals to the sound­track of up­com­ing Scot­tish fan­tasy The Gaelic King.

The teenager im­pressed so much, he was of­fered a chance to make his own col­lec­tion of songs.

Stephen said: “When I was of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to work on my own al­bum I jumped at it.

“They songs are some favourites of mine and it was great to choose which would make it out. I love singing them live and I’m hop­ing to ar­range some more per­for­mances in Pais­ley.”

Man­ager Matthew Todd pro­duced the movie, which will be re­leased this sum­mer, and is men­tor­ing the teenager as he pre­pares for the al­bum launch.

He said: “We were look­ing for a singer for the film when we found Stephen.

“I’m a mu­si­cian and had sung in the Abbey, so I knew him from when he was just six. I went along to a choral per­for­mance and he was even bet­ter than I re­mem­bered.

“Re­hearsals are full- on there, singing three nights-a-week and al­most all day on Sun­days.

“We’ve man­aged to fit in an hour here and there, try­ing to book ses­sions to record ev­ery fort­night or so. We’ve al­ready had a surge of pre-or­ders and the feed­back has been bril­liant.”

Peace Be With You fea­tures light­clas­si­cal tracks, with pop stan­dards, like You Raise Me Up.

The third- year Castle­head High pupil has started shoot­ing mu­sic videos for the songs and is pre­par­ing for live dates.

Matthew added: “Stephen streams reg­u­lar per­for­mances to fans all over the world on­line.

“It’s been great prac­tice and we hope we’ll be able to take these to venues across the coun­try.

“Stephen is one of a very lim­ited num­ber of boys in Scot­land who are com­pe­tent in this strik­ing style of mu­sic, and he is very aware that it makes him stand out.

“He has to risk be­ing made to feel ‘un­cool’ or even ridiculed by his peers, but he loves singing far too much to give it up.

“He’s a real tal­ent and the sky is the limit for how far he can go.”

Royal guest Stephen met Princess Anne dur­ing her visit to Pais­ley Abbey Sky is the limit Stephen was given an op­por­tu­nity to record his own col­lec­tion of songs

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