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Cumbria singer-songwriter Rumer sparkles with Jools Holland

SINGER-SONGWRITER Sarah Joyce, whose stage name is Rumer, performed on the TV show Later with Jools Holland twice performing both her debut single Slow and another new song Aretha.

Sarah, who spent her teenage years in Carlisle, living on Wentworth Drive in Lowry Hill before leaving at 16 to pursue her musical ambitions, performed on the show alongside the Scissor Sisters, Brandon Flowers and Grinderman.

She described the experience as “amazing”.

The 31-year-old said: “I loved it. I’d met Jools before and producer Mark Cooper, so it actually seemed quite a familiar place.

“It was live TV and quite intense but strangely enough I wasn’t too nervous.

“As soon as I started the nerves just disappeared.”

After years of working in a succession of jobs and singing as a sideline, Sarah is finally hitting the big time and becoming a household name.

Her record Slow was named Single of the Week on Radio 2 and her career is taking off after she signed a record deal with Warner Atlantic.

Earlier this summer she was invited to sing for Burt Bacharach at his home in California.

Sarah said: “That was intense. It was profound – I mean it’s a bit like meeting the Dalai Lama for me. Burt Bacharach is about the last living great composer of the 20th century.”

Meanwhile Sarah is preparing to support Jools Holland on his UK tour this autumn – the finale being a show at the Albert Hall in London on November 26 and 27, and she is also set to support Joshua Radin nationwide this month.

Holland, who performed at Carlisle Racecourse to a bumper crowd in the summer, has recently been airing favourite moments from his last 250 shows, which started in 1992.

Despite being broadcast in the late-night slot, the show remains a must for music fans across the UK.

Rumer’s debut album Seasons Of My Soul is released on November 1.

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Carlisle singer-songwriter Emma Gillespie has won £100,000 in the TV talent show Must Be The Music.

The 27-year-old won the public vote following the Sky One programme’s spectacular live final in front of thousands at Wembley Arena on Sunday night.

She beat off six other finalists to bag the prize that she says will allow her to pursue her dream of being a full-time performer.

Emma, who lived at Scotby until a year ago, told the audience: “Thank you so much for supporting me. I couldn’t have done it without you.

“I can’t get my head around it. She was so overcome with emotion after her victory that she was unable to sing her winning song This Day and Dizzee Rascal had to get on stage to help her out.

He told her: “You have come this far, you have to sing for all those that voted for you.”

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