In March, the Academy staged it’s very own Britain’s Got Talent style competition ‘Search For A Star’.


The winners were singer-songwriter David Nairn – a Year 9 student at the Academy, and street dancer Jolie-Jade Billington, aged seven, from Holy Trinity C of E Primary School.  As part of their prize, the pair were invited to perform at Darwen Live 2009, the town’s annual three-day Bank Holiday music festival. 


Both students were featured in live radio interviews with local radio station 107 The Bee during the festival weekend, and Mr. Taylor caught up with David Nairn to find out more.


David – How did it feel to win ‘Search For A Star’?

“It was an amazing feeling and a brilliant night.  It was a very special feeling when I heard my name.  It’s the first time I’ve ever entered anything like this, so I’m proud to have come first.”


How was Darwen Live?

“I had been looking forward to performing and was anxious to get on stage.  It was by far the biggest audience I’ve played in front of.  My Mum and Dad were both there, as well as what looked like the whole of Year 9!”


How long have you been playing for?

“My Dad started teaching me the guitar when I was six and I started singing when I was nine.  I wrote my first song when I was eleven.  When I’m bored. I’ll grab a pen and paper and jot down some lyrics and the songs usually build from there.”


How has the Academy helped you?

Everyone’s been brilliant.  My music teacher, Mr. Turner, has been really helpful.  We’ve recorded some of our music in lessons and we have all the things we need at the Academy.


What are your plans for the future?

I’d love to keep on singing and make a career of it if possible.  I’d like to join a band one day so we can share ideas and make some really good music.