Changing song pays off for Exmouth’s Ruby, 14

06:55 07 April 2014

Fourteen-year-old Ruby May Spencer is in the Souther England finals of TeenStar 2014. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref exe 3176-13-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Fourteen-year-old Ruby May Spencer is in the Souther England finals of TeenStar 2014. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref exe 3176-13-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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EXMOUTH’s Ruby May Spencer has taken another step towards pop stardom.

The talented teenage singer was one of the best acts in the mid-teen class at the recent South West regional finals of TeenStar 2014 in Exeter.

Showing no nerves and turning up the wick, she impressed the judges with her performance of the Amy Winehouse classic Back To Black, landing herself a place in the Southern England final at Fareham next month.

And the charismatic chanteuse, who lives on Exeter Road, won herself some extra singing lessons in the process.

“It was very exciting,” said Ruby. “I wasn’t nervy. I forgot about the nerves completely because I was so excited.”

Due to sing a cover of Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come, Ruby switched songs quite late in the day.

“I changed my song because my vocal coach Hannah Wood thought I should do a more upbeat number, and one that showed my range.”

It worked.

The judges praised the minimal electro backing track, said that Ruby could have ‘put a bit more of a stamp on it vocally, mixing it up even more’, but added ‘it was a good performance, well done’.

“When they announced the result, we just squealed!” said Ruby’s mum, Carole Crawford. “Hannah Wood’s mother is a huge fan of Ruby’s. She came to support Ruby and sat next to me and started crying!”

As well as winning a place in the next stage at Fareham, Ruby picked up an “Exposure” Award for being an act with the largest amount of publicity, winning more singing lessons to help her on her way.

“I’m really excited about the next stage at Fareham,” said Ruby. “I’m not sure what I’m going to sing. I’ll have to work out which song would be best.”

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