Hollie Steel at the Roundhouse

Last night, I went with Paul to the Roundhouse, for the launch of the debut album by 11-year-old Hollie Steel.

Hollie was, you may remember, a finalist in the 2009 series of Britain’s Got Talent. As Paul says, she has a tremendous vocal range, but at her young age she doesn’t really have the emotional connection to her material in a way that would get the best use of her voice. She also overdoes her vibrato, which is a pet hate of mine: I’m definitely in the ‘less is more’ camp in that regard. She seems a nice enough girl, and hopefully will continue to train, and learn how to best use her vocal abilities.

At risk of being overshadowed by his little sister, Josh Steel apparently stepped in at the last minute to MC the album launch, and given the short amount of preparation time he coped well. Talking to him afterwards, he told us he’s about to move down South to start a three-year course at Italia Conti, so good luck to him with that.

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Author: Scott Matthewman

Formerly Online Editor and Digital Project Manager for The Stage, creator of the award-winning The Gay Vote politics blog, now a full-time software developer specialising in Ruby, Objective-C and Swift, as well as a part-time critic for Musical Theatre Review, The Reviews Hub and others.