SINGER Laura White has followed in her sibling’s footsteps and been crowned the winner of Carnival’s Got Talent.
The 23-year-old battled it out against other singers at the finals of the local talent contest which took place on June 11.
Twelve months earlier, it was her younger sister, 17-year-old Emily, who had stood on the winner’s podium.
Laura, a former St Martin’s School pupil, said: “We competed against each other last year and Emily won.
“It was hard obviously because we both wanted to win but we’re both supportive and proud of each other.
“I decided to enter again this year and I was delighted when I won.”
Laura, who lives off Blossomfield Road and works for BRMB, said she had started singing at a tender age.
“My mum and dad owned the first karaoke machine in Birmingham so I used to go out on roadshows with them.
“From the age of four, I’d be singing Shirley Temple’s The Good Ship Lollipop - that’s how it all started really.
“When I was younger I used to want to sing professionally, though with work commitments it’s more of a hobby these days.”
She has performed with St Augustine’s Musical Theatre Co and is a member of the Olton-based Crystal gospel choir.
But do Emily and Laura have another musical sister, who fancies making it three in a row for the family?
“No, but my mum sang when she was younger so we’ve been joking that it’s her turn next year.”