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My record deal hopes, by star pupil Matthew

PUBLISHED: 15:37 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:34 23 August 2010

NEW SONGS: Matthew Crane has recorded classical pop numbers.

NEW SONGS: Matthew Crane has recorded classical pop numbers.

A TEENAGE opera sensation has recorded three original songs and is hoping to secure a record deal with a top label - while he studies his GCSEs. The first major success for baritone singer Matthew Crane, 16, came when he won ITV talent show Let Me Entert

A TEENAGE opera sensation has recorded three original songs and is hoping to secure a record deal with a top label - while he studies his GCSEs.

The first major success for baritone singer Matthew Crane, 16, came when he won ITV talent show Let Me Entertain You in 2006.

He wowed audiences with his belting version of Puccini's Nessun Dorma and a year later became a household name after getting to X-Factor's boot camp stage.

And since being praised and encouraged by judges Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne, the Gads Hill School pupil's bid for stardom continues.

In April last year, he scooped top prize at the UK Unsigned competition at Hackney Empire, London, and is now in talks with EMI and Universal.

He said: "I have seen one person from EMI but it's got to go up to the bosses of the recording company because they are the ones that make the decisions.

"I have been working with Barry Murray, who has worked with Mungo Jerry, who did In the Summertime.

He produced that record and has also worked with Pink Floyd and put on tours for big artists like Whitney Houston.

"The new songs are like classical pop so they should appeal to everyone in my target market."

But as stardom beckons, there is one thing he has to get out of the way first: his GCSEs.

He added: "My study is going all right. I'm working hard. I'm doing well in certain subjects and OK in other subjects. Music is my top one."

After his exams this summer, the singer intends to take some time off to concentrate on music. He is preparing to apply for a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music.

Matthew added: "I'm going to take about a year out to focus on my singing lessons and piano lessons and to do a lot of singing around the country.

"I need to get my music grades up because the Royal Academy of Music don't take you until you are 18 and you need music grades."

The teenage sensation is the youngest patron of the Cerebral Palsy Centre in Cliffewoods. For donations or information e-mail fundraising@cpckent.org.

To hear his new songs, buy CDs or to read about his latest news visit www.matthewcrane.co.uk or www.myspace.com/matthewcranebaritone.

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