Melissa is US-bound

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

Tal­ented teenage songstress Melissa Air­lie is off to Amer­ica to­day as a re­ward for all her fundrais­ing ef­forts for East Kil­bride’s Mu­sic For Life char­ity.

The 15-year-old song­bird, from West­wood, has been singing with the char­ity since its in­cep­tion in 2013 and, as a thank you for all her hard work, is now off to Florida.

Over the last two years Melissa, a fourth year pupil at the town’s St An­drew’s and St Bride’s High School, has been a star at­trac­tion for the char­ity with more than 80 ap­pear­ances at var­i­ous venues across La­nark­shire.

The prin­ci­pal voice of La­nark­shire char­ity Mu­sic for Life has also acted as a men­tor to the many lo­cal per­form­ers sup­ported by the char­ity.

Com­ment­ing on the trip, Melissa said:“My only re­gret is that I will miss out on ap­pear­ing at the East Kil­bride Sum­mer Fest this year.”

The ac­com­plished singer and gui­tarist was re­warded for her ded­i­ca­tion with a pri­vately funded trip to Or­lando.

The lo­cally-based char­ity, run by Kay Brown and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Brian Brown from Ste­wart­field, has helped de­velop a num­ber of East Kil­bride’s tal­ented young­sters.

Kay praised Melissa’s ded­i­ca­tion to both her mu­sic stud­ies and her on­go­ing sup­port for the other per­form­ers.

She said:“Melissa has com­bined her mu­si­cal ac­tiv­i­ties with an ex­cel­lent at­tain­ment record at school which she hopes will lead to a de­gree in mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy at Glas­gow.

Lo­cal tal­ent Melissa Air­lie is the prin­ci­pal voice of the char­ity

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