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Date with teenage sensation; pop A host of entertainers will play Bents Park in South Shields on Sunday. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR meets teenager Natalia, who is set for big things in the pop world.

Byline: GORDON BARR

HER debut single isn't released until next January, but upcoming pop star Natalia is already making something of a name for herself.

Fans of Girls Aloud will already know of her, as she supported the chart-toppers on their last tour.

And those heading for Bents Park in South Shields on Sunday will also get a taste of what the fuss is about. Natalia, 18, is one of the performers at the party on Sunday.

With killer tunes, a killer voice and killer looks, it's no wonder Girls Aloud invited her to support them on tour.

Born in Wales to a Turkish mother and a Lebanese father, Natalia started performing from a young age and won a place at the esteemed Elmhurst ballet school in Birmingham, where she studied ballet, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre. On leaving, she began dancing professionally.

She began singing while at college and later joined a girl group called the Pussy Katz after being asked to audition.

"The group didn't work out for various reasons and around that time I met a producer called K Warren," she explains. "I knew that singing was all I wanted to do and I would miss the buzz of singing and performing, so after a lot of soul-searching I took a chance and I went solo. I started recording songs, and I put some on MySpace and it totally blew up. It was crazy!"

So crazy, in fact, that Natalia's page was getting 7,000 hits a day and her tracks soon reached number one on the MySpace R&B chart.

"I couldn't believe it," she smiles. "I had three songs on there and more and more people kept listening. I would sit there watching the counter go up open-mouthed." Word soon spread, and Natalia was soon snapped up.

Her debut single Pretty Like Me is due for release in January.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 3, 2007
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