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14-year-old Connie Talbot collaborates with Hollywood song-writer to the stars

When Connie Talbot was just six years old, she won the hearts of the nation with her rendition of Over The Rainbow on Britain's Got Talent.

She proved her talent as a singer to a global TV audience, with more than 148 million people watching her performance on YouTube.

Her debut album sold 250,000 copies and went gold in the UK.

Overseas sales were even more impressive, with the record reaching platinum in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and double platinum in Korea.

Now eight years on, she is looking to repeat her early success with a new album, due for release in September.

Connie is returning to the spotlight aged fourteen Credit: BPM Media

Since the first Britain’s Got Talent, I’ve taught myself to play piano and guitar.

“I’ve written most of the songs myself this time around. That’s been a great experience.”

– Connie Talbot

Connie has also spent time in the US, where she impressed a top songwriter named Tobias ‘Toby’ Gad, who has written songs for superstar Beyonce.

The Grammy winner’s successes have included worldwide hit If I Were A Boy. He also wrote Who You Are for Jessie J and Don’t Hold Your Breath for Nicole Scherzinger.

The two recorded pop single, Sail Away, in Los Angeles and wrote some songs together, too.

Connie, managed by mum and dad Sharon and Gavin, has offers galore on the table, but her education has to come first.

“I’m keeping my head down and doing all my schoolwork at the moment,” she says. “But I have a busy summer break. I’ll be travelling to Asia in August, appearing on Chinese television and releasing the new record.”

– Connie Talbot
Connie Talbot is releasing a new album Credit: BPM Media

In 2010, Connie performed on Chinese government television to around 400 million people, for a special Chinese New Year celebration.

She entertained world leaders at a concert which opened the G20 world summit in Seoul earlier in the year.

And there were three sell-out shows in South Korea in 2014, when the MV Sewol ferry disaster shook the country.

The ferry capsized while carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students. In all, 304 passengers and crew members died in the disaster.

Connie donated the profits from the shows to charity, to help those affected by the tragedy. But, above all, it’s the fans who have kept her dreams alive.