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Widnes singer named Female Artist of the Year
10:20am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A SINGER from Widnes has won a prestigious award at the Liverpool Music Awards.
Natalie McCool, from Hough Green, was voted Female Artist of the Year by the public at the award ceremony in St George's Hall on August 25.
She was presented the award by the Sugababes Heidi Range and she also performed several times over the weekend as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival.
The 25-year-old said: “It is brilliant to have won, it is an absolutely stella feeling. I was actually shaking a bit when I went up to accept it because I had to give a speech and it is quite a large room.”
Natalie was nominated for the award and was then one of three shortlisted by judges to face a public vote.
She said: “I was quietly optimistic that I would win because I had quite a good campaign getting people to vote for me. I thought I had a good chance but you just never know with a public vote, there is no indication.”
Natalie is no stranger to the limelight. When she was 19 she won Yamaha’s ‘Make It Break It’ award, which was judged by record producer Steve Levine, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and promoter Harvey Goldsmith CBE.
She said: “That was a big deal but this one has got a lot more press surrounding it. It was a brilliant feeling though, all the hard work has obviously paid off.
“I want to thank all the World readers who voted for me, it really did help, every single one counted so a massive thank you to everyone.”
Natalie grew up listening to Sting, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and Nirvana and studied music at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) to study music – the same school attended by McCartney and fellow Beatle George Harrison.
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