Island singer on world stage

By David Newble

Saturday, December 29, 2012

 

Island singer on world stage

Katie Jones, left, with Kelly Schembri, middle, and Katy Heffernan-Smith, right, of Monroe. Photo by Irena Eastington.

AN Isle of Wight singer aiming for pop stardom will be seen by millions of people across the world by opening the New Year’s Day Parade through London.

Katie Jones, part of the three-piece girl band, Monroe, will be performing with her bandmates just before the parade begins at 12.05pm, in front of 500,000 people in the streets of the capital and an estimated 260 million television audience worldwide.

Monroe, which has been recording for the past two years, will be singing to spectators in and around the VIP grandstands just before the parade starts.

The girls will make their first music video in Malta next month and then perform at the Malta Music Awards.

The group is also hoping to play at the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival next year.

Katie, 22, who originally hails from St Helens, moved from the Island in 2008 to pursue her music career.

The former pupil of Sandown High School said: "We have been recording for two years, producing, writing and attending choreography sessions to be ready for shows.

"While I was on the Island, I was involved in so many musical orientated projects, attending Platform One College of Music and Isle of Wight Theatretrain.

"So much has happened since I was on the Isle of Wight. My family still live in St Helens and have supported me so much during this time. I am proud to be from the Isle of Wight."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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