Exmouth’s Ruby May is a Teenstar

18:00 27 March 2014

Fourteen year old Ruby May Spencer has made it through to the regional 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 has made it through to the regional 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

Archant

POP stardom is beckoning for a young – and talented – Exmouth singer.

Ruby May Spencer, 14, has only been singing seriously for a few months.

But her sheer raw talent has pulled her through to the South West regional finals of TeenStar 2014 this Sunday afternoon (March 30) at Exeter’s Corn Exchange.

Luke Friend won the 2013 competition, going on to become a finalist in last year’s X Factor.

Ruby’s hoping for a similar kick-start to her career, as she performs her emotive version of Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come.

“The message is in the song really – that change is going to come,” said Ruby, who lives on Exeter Road.

“I hope to be successful with it, and I’ll be singing other songs if I get through.”

It’s all been a bit of a whirl for Ruby.

“I sang all the time when I was little,” she said. “I did a few talent shows in primary schools, and the teachers said it was good. I also used to sing for the family and they were impressed.”

Keen to see if there was potential in her daughter’s voice, Ruby’s mum Carole Crawford helped her to find vocal coach Hannah Wood of Exeter’s Vocal Arts.

“We first met Hannah about six months ago, and she’s been a great support,” said Carole. “When Ruby first sung in front of her, Hannah was ‘Oh!’, and it’s gone on. Ruby did her first student gig after the second week. She just threw her in.”

Singing is boosting Ruby’s confidence.

“I was self-conscious,” she said. “I wouldn’t have been able to go up on a stage a year ago, not even six months ago. I had no confidence and Hannah has given me all that confidence. It’s helping me in other areas… everything really.”

Ruby, who loves blues, R&B, reggae and soul, says her biggest inspiration is Amy Winehouse, closely followed by Nina Simone.

She hopes her singing career will develop.

“That would be really cool if it did.”

Hear Ruby sing A Change Is Gonna Come at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sSTl4WhUjg

0 comments

Other News Stories

Exe Estuary Trail

A £19,000 scheme to line a 2.5-mile stretch of the Exmouth to Lympstone Exe Estuary trail with ‘vandal-proof’ lights could be realised later this year.

Read more
09:00

Parking meters on Budleigh seafront should remain as they are, according to Budleigh Salterton Town Council.

Read more
East Devon District Councillor Derek Button, who died last month after a lengthy fight with cancer.

Tributes have been paid to one of East Devon District Council’s most respected councillors

Read more
Yesterday, 13:16
Woodbury Salterton Primary School celebrate after being recognised as a top 100 performing school in reading, writing and mathematics. Ref exe 5872-04-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A Whitehall education minister has praised Woodbury Salterton Church of England School, calling it one of the best 100 primaries in the country over the last three years.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition

Exmouth's trusted business finder