Harwood teenager records Christmas album
A TEENAGER has recorded a single for a Christmas album after impressing pop stars with her passion and talent.
Dharma Anders, aged 13, from Harwood, entered the Bright Sparks Project — created by Tony Lundon.
The competition was open to scouts of all ages, across the UK, and Dharma submitted a number of online videos for the competition.
The panel of judges, which also included Liz McClarnon, from Atomic Kitten, and Jesus Christ Superstar actor Ben Forster, were impressed by Dharma’s musical talent, song-writing ability and enthusiasm.
Dharma and two other winners were given the opportunity to collaborate with high-profile artists and music industry professionals on their singles and the first Bright Sparks album.
Tony, who shot to fame with pop group Liberty X in 2001, said: “I've been hugely impressed with Dharma. She is so talented and committed to singing and improving herself through performing gigs that I really think she has the potential to be a successful professional someday.”
Dharma, who goes to Thornleigh Salesian College, recorded her exclusive track, Far from Home, for the Bright Sparks Christmas Album.
She said: “I’m really happy about it, it’s surreal. Sometimes I think, have I done this?”
Dharma, a member of 24th/38th Bolton Scout group, which meets at Longsight Methodist Church Hall, has performed at a number of events, including Strongman Bolton, Spirit of Bolton, Bolton Food and Drink Festival and Edgworth Idol, which she won.
She said: “I would like to be a successful singer. I started singing when I was about 10 or 11.
“I started busking in town around Christmas last year. It’s really good, I love it. I’ve met quite a few people and have been booked for a couple of events. I’m trying to get as many people to buy the album and my single. I’m telling all my friends and family.”
The Bright Sparks Christmas Album will be released on November 3.
All proceeds will go to the scouts.
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