Voice marvel Astrid, 9, mixes it with the stars

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

ASOUTHPORT school­girl who fea­tured on a TV tal­ent show is set to sup­port one of the big­gest stars of R’n’B and soul mu­sic on stage in Liver­pool.

Astrid Smith, nine, has been cho­sen to sup­port Alexan­der O’Neal in front of hun­dreds of fans at the Liver­pool Olympia theatre.

She also sup­ported Ir­ish star Daniel O’Don­nell at the Liver­pool Phil­har­monic Hall ear­lier this week.

Astrid, from Ains­dale, rose to promi­nence af­ter beat­ing more than 10,000 other young­sters at the au­di­tions to ap­pear on the Voice Kids, where she was cho­sen by judge Will.I.Am to progress to the se­cond round.

The jazz and blues fan, who at­tends St Mark’s Pri­mary School, in Scarisbrick, has con­tin­ued her love of singing since her TV ap­pear­ance, mak­ing a host of pub­lic per­for­mances.

In Au­gust, footage of her singing aboard an easyJet flight in sup­port of a young girl bat­tling can­cer clocked up thou­sands of views.

Al­though Astrid doesn’t have an agent, she is reg­u­larly be­ing asked to per­form by big stars of the mu­sic in­dus­try.

She has been cho­sen as the spe­cial guest of Ge­orge Gal­lagher, win­ner of BBC One’s Frank Si­na­tra: Our Way, at the Grand Cen­tral Hall in Liver­pool on Novem­ber 9 and New Year’s Eve.

She will also sing be­fore O’Neal on De­cem­ber 8 and the young per­former can’t wait to meet one of her heroes.

Astrid’s mum, Amanda, said that her daugh­ter was born for the stage and is hugely ex­cited for her next chance to amaze au­di­ences.

Amanda said: “She doesn’t suf­fer any nerves what­so­ever, so the won­der­ful thing is she can just get on any stage and per­form. She just loves it and the au­di­ence re­ac­tion is amaz­ing. Some peo­ple are born to be on the stage and she’s just one of those peo­ple.”

She added: “Alexan­der O’Neal is the king of soul and Astrid is a jazz and blues fan.

“She’s grown up with it, so it’s a re­ally spe­cial thing for her to go and do this.

“She’s so ex­cited for it, she just can’t wait.”

Astrid Smith will be ap­pear­ing with Alexan­der O’Neal, left in Liver­pool

Astrid with Daniel O’Don­nell and Voice star Holly El­li­son

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