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Naomi dreams of a hit with her debut song; Fame calls but aim is to enjoy making music.

A singer whose roots are firmly planted in Warwickshire is hoping to be top of the pops when her debut single hits the shelves next week.

Coventry-born Naomi, who grew up in Beausale, near Warwick, is crossing her fingers that Be My Lover proves a hit with the public.

The 20-year-old singer, who now lives in Leamington, first started writing songs when aged 11, and ``fell'' into the music industry two years ago.

Naomi - who keeps her surname secret - went to Trinity school in Myton Road to learn about music and drama when she was a teenager.

As a youngster she learned the flute and piano, and even picked up the didgeridoo while on holiday in Australia.

She said: ``We were walking down a dried up river in Alice Springs when I saw a group of aborigines playing one, and I thought I'd give it a go.

``I used to be bit of a teenage rebel. I used to walk around in bin liners and wear black make-up, but I've cleaned up since then.''

After starting out performing with an acoustic guitar on her own, she now has a backing band, and the fruits of her labour in the recording studio will soon be revealed, with an album due to follow the single.

Naomi said she had spent the last two years adding to her knowledge of different kinds of music, and had experimented with a variety of sounds.

She said: ``I was bought up on jazz and I found out about soul when I was about nine and fell in love with it.''

Other influences in her range include Janis Joplin and Beck, but she is keen to avoid being compared with too many other singers.

Naomi said: ``Some people have said I'm like Alanis Morissette, but apart from one line in a song being the same, I can't see any similarity.''

And she added that, although she had half an eye on sales, her main aim was to make music.

She said: ``My own music comes from within. It's fun playing concerts and recording and I never thought I would be doing this, so I want to enjoy it.''
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Author:Hopker, Antony
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 8, 1999
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