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Southampton’s Got Talent!

Southampton is full of local talent and our home city is a proud producer of some world class acts. From singers, musicians, performers and DJ’s, Southampton is thriving with talent and we thought we’d let you know about some of the people who have made it big but have roots in our small but mighty city!

When somebody asks ‘What’s Southampton best known for?’, lots of people will probably say something about the Titanic. When it comes to music however, Craig David gets a pretty big mention. Craig David was born in the city in the Holyrood estate of St. Mary’s. Quite close to the football stadium. Craig rose to fame in 1999 after featuring on the single ‘Re-Rewind’ by Artful Dodger, who is made up of Mark Hill & Pete Deveroux, also from Southampton. As well as achieving number one records across the globe, he has collaborated with legends such as Bastille, Sigala, Katy B, Clean Bandit and Calvin Harris… to name just a few. Craig Dave has even performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival. – Facebook Likes – 821,000

Another tiny group you may well have heard of is Coldplay. Coldplay’s drummer is Will Champion and Will went to Cantell School in Bassett. Following his time at Cantell, he moved onto Peter Symonds College in Winchester. Coldplay need no introduction to the success that they have achieved. They’re an amazing super group that sell our stadiums tours across the world, play the biggest and most prestigious festivals, win countless awards and have generally become music legends. Did you know that former US President Barak Obama is a huge Coldplay fan and has their music on his iPod. Cool huh! – Facebook Likes – 38,000,000

Then, we have Foxes, otherwise known as Louisa Allen. Foxes also went to Cantell School and after dropping out of Eastleigh College, she moved to London to pursue a career in music. She’s done pretty well at that and has become a regular played artist on BBC Radio 1. You may well know of her collaboration with Zedd because their song ‘Clarity’ reached Number 1 in countries across the globe and at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Zedd and Foxes won the award for Best Dance Recording.  The song was certified double platinum in Australia, platinum in the United States and gold in the United Kingdom. She has also collaborated with Fall Out Boy and Rudimental and if that wasn’t enough, she was the face of H&M during their Loves Music collection campaign. She was also the sound of Debenhams’ Christmas advert in 2013 AND has even featured in Dr Who! – Facebook Likes – 1,200,000

Matt Cardle was a household name back in 2010 after winning the seventh series of the X Factor. Matt was born in the city but later later moved to Essex where he grew up, with his family. Matt has gone on to have a successful career in music and musical theatre. He’s also performed at sell out tours across the UK. – Facebook Likes – 814,000

Radio DJ Scott Mills is a proud Southampton ex-resident and often talks about his time growing up and living in the city on his Radio 1 show. Mills began his career at the age of 16 as a DJ on his local Hampshire commercial radio station, Power FM, after barraging the station with demo tapes. Scott was given an opportunity to present a week worth of shows, and based on the success of this, he was immediately offered the ‘graveyard slot’ of 1:00 am – 6:00 am. Scott is a perfect example of how every opportunity is a brilliant opportunity. Scott has gone onto have a successful career in radio and television. He has interviewed some of the most influential stars of our time and is still very much still representing Southampton in the world of entertainment and media. – Facebook Likes – 433,000

Joe is one quarter of the 2012 Mercury Award-winning alternative group Alt-J, where he sings and plays guitar. Their second studio album This Is All Yours was a UK number one, and the band have toured the UK, Europe and Australia many times. Joe studied at Cantell School between 1999 and 2004 and has gone on to achieve incredible things with the band. The album This Is All Yours received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album at the 57th Grammy Awards, and for IMPALA’s European Independent Album of the Year Award. – Facebook Likes – 1,600,000

As two thirds of rock group Band of Skulls, Russell and Matt have been another bright light in the Southampton music scene, and released their third studio album Himalayan in March 2014. Russell and Matt studied at… you guessed it – Cantell School. The band have gone on to achieve great things and as well as winning the Independent Music Award for ‘Best Rock/Hard Rock Song’ in 2013 for Sweet Sour, Band of Skulls have also played major festivals such as Glastonbury, and had their music featured in TV, films and video games. They have supported groups such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Muse, and are soon to support Stereophonics. – Facebook Likes – 234,000

Southampton is full of local talent and we’re excited to see which emerging stars will come out of the city next. Sound Pop Academy supports and influences all young people who wish to have careers in the arts.

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