A BUDDING rock star will use her appearance at this year’s Edinburgh Has Talent final to win crucial support for her local theatre group.
Cloe Peters, 15, from Whitecraig, said she was stunned to make it through to the event at the Festival Theatre on Friday.
The musician said she hoped her rendition of Bon Jovi’s Blaze of Glory would provide a big boost to fellow members of Our Lady of Loretto theatre group in Musselburgh, as it prepares to stage Broadway classic Guys and Dolls.
The vocalist and guitarist said: “I honestly did not expect to get this far – it’s amazing. My theatre group has been so supportive of me during the last six years I’ve been there – just to give something back to them would be great.
“So I really want to do as much as possible to publicise the show and help the group sell tickets.”
The theatre group is not the first organisation to benefit from the singer’s talent.
Cloe said helping others was as important as establishing the foundations of a musical career, with the Jordan Houston Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support among charities to have benefited from her dedication. “My grandad says I was singing before I was talking – it’s something I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember,” she said.
“And I’m glad when I can use something I’m lucky enough to be able to do to help someone less fortunate.”
Cloe – currently in S5 and preparing for higher exams in English, music and computing at St David’s High School in Dalkeith – said her choice of one of Jon Bon Jovi’s best-known tracks for the EHT final was inspired by the rock icon’s “honesty”.
She said: “I absolutely love rock. I think rock musicians don’t try to pretend to be something they’re not. Music nowadays has changed a lot. It’s not about singing – it’s about selling records and making money.But Bon Jovi’s songs have lyrics that mean something personal to him. I like the honesty of his music.”
She added: “I’m feeling very nervous about the final. I went to the final last year and I’ve seen how big the stage is. To be up there by myself is kind of scary.”
Members of Cloe’s immediate family said they were stunned at her success. Mum Anne, 36, said: “It’s the first major competition she’s ever actually entered – but with her talent, we thought she would get through.”
For tickets to the final, visit www.edtheatres.com or phone the box office on 0131-529 6000.