11-year-old Jazmine sings her way to Pride Park performance
AN 11-year-old singer has made it through to the regional finals of a music competition – and is one round away from the grand final.
Jazmine Carter, of Findern, wowed judges with her rendition of Avril Lavigne's When You're Gone to progress to the next round of the Teen Star competition in April at Pride Park.
And her dad, Terry, will be there for the first time to see her sing on stage. He is a diplomatic protection officer based in Kabul, Afghanistan, and has been working there for two-and-a-half years.
Mr Carter said: "I don't usually show emotion but it made me feel so proud when I heard she was singing at shows but, due to work, I'd never managed to make them.
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"The regional final will be the first time I have heard her sing at a show and I'm really looking forward to it."
He said Jazmine had loved of music from an early age. "She's always been eager to be in the limelight. It started off with dancing and then we quickly realised she had a beautiful voice when she started singing," he said.
"She'd sing everywhere, usually in the car or just around the house, and then she once got up in front of total strangers on holiday with a great amount of confidence.
"Jazmine then decided she wanted music lessons and worked hard towards achieving the highest grade, a distinction, in all of her exams.
"Both me and my wife, Becky, are tone-deaf and can't string two notes together, so we still can't work out where she gets it from."
Mrs Carter said: "It's not always easy with Terry away but we've got used to it. Me, Jazmine and our son, Zak, speak to him every day on Skype."
Mr Carter said: "None of this would be possible without the support Jazmine and Zak get from their mother, who works full-time while looking after the two kids and the house."
Jazmine has been having singing lessons at Derby School of Music.
Steve Machin, owner and school principal, said: "I'm confident she'll do well in the final. She's highly talented and has a very correct technique.
"We've got three other pupils from our school taking part in the final: Lara Potter who's 11, Kian Elvey who's 12 and Chrissy-May Bayes, who's aged 17 and will be in the 16-19 category."
Also going through to the regional finals is 14-year-oldPhoebe Pritchett, of Catherine Avenue, Ilkeston, who impressed the judges with a rendition of Adele's Oscar-winning song Skyfall.