A PACKED Library Square saw the amazing Shannon Harvey triumph in the final of Touchwood’s Got Talent with a stunning rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
The Whitney Houston fan - a mere 13 years old - blew the audience and judges away with a voice of such maturity and power that a career in the music business is all but guaranteed.
“I’m really happy and would love to turn professional,” said the youngster from Walsall, whose voice was discovered when as a six-year-old she pestered her mum Wendy into letting her have a go at a karaoke.
“It’s developed from there and although I’ve entered a few talent competitions this is the first I’ve won.”
Second place went to R ‘n’ B combo Jeiso and Platt with Louisa Cope rendition of the Labi Sifre song Something Inside So Strong third.
The event, promoted by Solihull’s premier shopping centre Touchwood and backed by Smooth Radio 105.7, was compered by local resident and Smooth drive time DJ Tammy Gooding and saw 11 competitors from across the West Midlands battle it out on a breezy but sunny Saturday afternoon.
Styles ranged from R’n’B to rock, and from musical theatre to timeless classics and each and every one hit their notes and struck the right chords making the task of judges next to impossible.
“It just shows what amazing talent we have out there and what a wonderful group of people made it to our final,” said Tammy.
“Getting up on stage and performing in front of an audience is no easy thing and yet that’s exactly what these people have done and they have been terrific.”
Agent Brian Sharp, formerly of Hi Bris in Shirley, who signed up 19-year-old Bonny Lou on the spot for a nine-month stint at a resort in Cyprus, was equally effusive: “They were all brilliant, and although many were too young to offer a contract to we’ve asked Shannon to sing at our Christmas show.”