SHE MIGHT be supporting an X Factor winner on-stage, but little Nevaeh Dunmore-Simkins is a singing sensation in her own right.
The seven-year-old from Horndean has been chosen to support Sam Bailey on one of her tour dates after sending off a video of herself singing.
Sam, winner of X Factor in 2013, made calls at her UK performances for singers to apply to support her on one tour date each.
Nevaeh heard about the opportunity at Sam’s Portsmouth Summer Show performance last year. She has previously performed on the children’s stage at Victorious festival.
Mum Michaela said: ‘During the summer holidays last year we sent off an e-mail to find out if Nevaeh could apply, we weren’t sure if we’d heard right at the summer show.
‘We didn’t hear anything back until January this year, when we were asked to send off a video of her singing.
‘We did so – and the very next day we were contacted to say Sam has seen the video, loves it, and wants Nevaeh to support her on a tour date in Poole.
‘I was so shocked they got back to us so quickly, she was singing Dancing On My Own by Calum Scott in the video, but of course I was absolutely delighted for her. Nevaeh adores singing and is only happy when she’s doing that, or speaking about space and Tim Peake.
‘She struggles to interact socially with others but when she sings, which she has done for years, there are no barriers.’
Nevaeh, who attends Clanfield Junior School, was chosen to perform at one of Sam’s 30 plus tour dates.
She will sing this evening at The Lighthouse in Poole, and has a 15-minute slot at the beginning of the show.
The starlet, who used to be part of a group called Attitune, is due to perform three songs, one of which is the same one she auditioned with.
Michaela added: ‘The room Nevaeh will perform in at The Lighthouse holds 1,000 people, we don’t yet know how many people she will be singing in front of.
‘She’s going to be selling her own CDs with cover songs on in the interval of the show, and has chosen for the proceeds to go towards equipment for her friend Oliver James, who has severe disabilities.
‘The CDs are £5 each.
‘At the moment, she visits The Chart House Studios in Horndean for voice coaching, and that’s also where she records.
‘In the future she’ll be recording her own material, and I truly believe that what she can do already is a good indication she could have a career in singing.’
Nevaeh has two sisters and one brother. She said: ‘I’m really excited to perform at the tour.
‘I’ve got a sparkly green dress to wear.
‘I like to sing because it makes me feel happy.
‘At the show I’ll be singing You’ve Got Something I Need by Ben Haenow, because it’s my nanny’s favourite song.
‘When I grow up I want to be a singer, and I want to sing in space!’