Sunday, 18 November 2018

Singer supports X-Factor star

A HENLEY singer is “delighted” to be supporting X-Factor success Lucy Spraggan at a concert in Oxford next month.

A HENLEY singer is “delighted” to be supporting X-Factor success Lucy Spraggan at a concert in Oxford next month.

Danica Hunter knows the singer/songwriter from open mic competitions and the BBC Introducing Masterclass that they both took part in last year. She will perform a half-hour set at the O2 in Oxford on May 7 as a support act for Spraggan, who was one of the favourites to win last year’s X-Factor and has just signed an 18-month contract with Columbia Records.

Danica, of Greys Road, Henley, said: “Me and Lucy used to do a few small gigs together, and she just sent me a text and said, ‘Do you want to do one of my gigs?’ It is really exciting and I was so happy when I found out, it will be amazing exposure.I will be doing a half-hour set with pretty much my own original stuff plus a couple of covers.”

The 18-year-old, who completed a performing arts BTec at The Henley College, performed at last summer’s Reading and Leeds festivals and was also invited on to BBC Radio 2 by DJ Jo Whiley.

She said: “Both were absolutely incredible. I loved it so much and had a really good time.

“The audiences were amazing and really supportive. I had so many friends at Reading. At Leeds I didn’t know anyone but they were lovely and gave me so much support. I went on a little holiday afterwards with my family and since I came back I have literally been doing a few gigs here and there in London but been in the studio the rest of the time.

“I have just been writing constantly for the last six months and I love it. I am preparing for an album and on the way I will hopefully discover a single.

“I have not signed yet because I want to finish my album first, but it is really exciting and I think this year and the following year will bring some really good things.

“In two years’ time I hope to release my first single and my album will be on its way.”

Danica, who describes her music as acoustic pop rock, said it was not unusual for her to spend 12-hour days in the studio. “It is hard work but I am really enjoying it,” she said. “I am concentrating on myself and my own thing, but if there is something I really feel inspiration from I will go for it.

“Last week I recorded a track with hip hop musician Blak Twang, as he sent me something that I really liked.

“I am taking a break from gigs apart from supporting Lucy, as I want to focus on writing. That’s my main aim. I have a few small festivals coming up but nothing major.”

One of her most recent songs, Changes, is about her desire to move to London.

She said: “It is about living in a small town. I have nothing against Henley, I think is is absolutely beautiful and I love it, but for my music and my career, living in London is where I need to be.”

The track can be heard at www.danicahunter.com

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