Northampton pop star V V Brown, who is opening two new musical schools, has warned wannabe stars it takes more than queuing up for the X Factor to get success.
The 31-year-old singer songwriter from Overstone, who has sold half a million records worldwide, hopes to educate and inspire young musicians when she opens Rhythm Performing Arts Academy in two Northampton locations.
It will offer courses and workshops to students aged between seven to 21, in subjects such as songwriting, music industry training and performance technique.
Classes for students aged 16-21 will take place at the Roadmender in the town centre during morning sessions from 10.30am-1pm, while seven to 15-year-olds will attend classes at Overstone Park School between 2-5pm.
The star, who plans to teach classes herself alongside other professionals in the music industry, said: “Working within the music industry means we have experience of the way the business is run. We want to help the students understand what it takes to become successful.
“We want to teach them that in order to sustain a long and fruitful career in the music industry, it takes more than queuing up for the next X Factor.”
We want to teach them that in order to sustain a long and fruitful career in the music industry, it takes more than queuing up for the next X Factor.VV Brown
“The classes have been carefully designed to appeal to all levels and are open to everybody, We really want to give the musicians of tomorrow a chance to get creative and start making the music they’ve always dreamt of.”
Since signing her first record deal in 2003, the singer has performed on the Jools Holland show, appeared on the David Letterman show, toured with Pink and graced the front cover of Vogue magazine. She was also the face of Marks and Spencer for four years alongside Twiggy, Lisa Snowdon and Danni Minogue.
In 2013 she set up her own record label call YOY Records, allowing her to release her own material and giving her complete control over her sound, music and career.
Further information about classes and prices can be found on the website www.rhythmperformingartsacademy.com