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The Sunbeam Singers featuring Con Brio
The Sunbeam Singers featuring Con Brio

Winning The Falkirk Herald Voice was just the start for Kirsty McGuckin and Colet Selwyn.

The talented teens both have important music venture coming up and are determined to continue with a career in singing.

Kirsty (15) won the competition in 2010, blowing the judges away with her rendition of ‘The Climb’ by Miley Cyrus.

Since then she has supported Tom Jones with the Gospel Truth Choir and is in the regional finals of a national singing contest.

The Denny High pupil was successful at the Glasgow auditions of Open Mic UK and is now going to regional finals in Newcastle later this month.

Kirsty said: “Because there was so many people there I didn’t think I had a chance so I was over the moon to be put through.

“We’ve booked a mini bus down to go to Newcastle so my friends and family can support me.”

The busy schoolgirl is also working with Voice sponsor VoiceJam, taking singing lessons and improving her technique.

Since her win she has performed at the Provost’s remembrance service and will sing at the Falkirk Herald Business Awards in November.

She said: “The Voice gave me the confidence to perform in front of large audiences. It was the first time I had been on stage outside of school.

“I want to make music my career, there is no plan B.”

Colet was declared the Voice of 2011 after his memorable rendition of ‘Happy Rhythm’.

Since then the Larbert High pupil has been fitting solo performances, rehearsals and singing in his family band The Sunbeam Singers around studying for Advances Highers and Highers.

The Sunbeam Singers are playing at The Dobbie Hall in Larbert on October 22 along with quartet Con Brio to raise money for Christian Aid and the Leprosy Mission.

The group is made up of Colet, sister Annette (11), a pupil at Kinnaird Primary, dad Jay, a consultant physician at Forth Valley Royal Hospital and mum Aruna.

Colet, who will also sing at our Business Awards, thinks winning Voice really boosted his confidence.

He said: “Up until then I was singing as part of a quartet, in a group. The competition was a chance to try out singing as a solo and really built my confidence being on stage alone.

“Since winning I have performed solo many times and in fact I’m off to Belfast next week to do a solo at the Praise Gathering event.”

He has just recorded his debut album ‘ New Day’ which we be for sale at the concert and also on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers shortly.

Colet is currently considering his options for university courses but says no matter what, he will continue pursuing music.

He continued: “My family is very musical, infact I think my sister has great potential. She is a fantastic pianist and like a dictionary for gospel music - she knows every song.

“I’ll always want to sing and perform for audiences.”

The Sunbeam Singers and Con Brio play the Dobbie Hall on October 22. Tickets are priced £8 and available by calling (01324) 720143 or (01324) 559200.