BBC Introducing: Phillippa Lusty

Phillippa Lusty
Image caption Phillippa Lusty has gained praise from the likes of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Phillippa Lusty is a singer / songwriter in the classical-pop or crossover genre.

Classically trained in voice and violin, Phillippa recently recorded her debut album with Ian Tilley ( who found fame with All Angels, Hayley Westenra, and Libera).

Phillippa wrote her first song at aged 17 and entered it into a National talent competition on Classic FM.

The song made the final four and was the most listened to song of the competition.

Inspired by this Phillippa decided to continue writing and has since been in the top three on MySpace for classical vocal/opera.

Phillippa's smooth sound is similar to that of accomplished soprano, songwriter Hayley Westenra.

She grew up in the hotel trade, and spent many evenings singing to hotel guests.

During one of those performances a hotel guests was impressed enough to set up a meeting with one of Phillippa's idols, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Dame Kiri was impressed by what she heard, and has passed on expert advice to the young singer.

She then went on to meet with the composer Karl Jenkins, who inspired her to compose in her own special style.

Phillippa was also named as 'Cornwall's Hot Talent' and 'Eden's Bright Young Thing' in 2008, and runner up in the finals for UK Songwriting contest 2010 with her song 'Words Unspoken'.

Last year Phillippa performed alongside tenor Thomas Spencer-Wortley at Cornwall's Carnglaze Caverns.

She also headlined the semi-acoustic stage at the popular Lilith Festival in 2010.

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