Teen singer aims to bring spark to library

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YOUNg pop sensation Spark is heading for Worksop next month as part of an innovative tour of libraries.

The Get It Loud In Libraries tour will feature the 19-year-old singer and band The Good-Natured.

Spark has previously supported Marina and the Diamonds, Diana Vickers and the Black Cards on their UK tours.

Spark, from Walthamstow, East London, told the Worksop Guardian: “I’ve never been to Worksop before and I’m really looking forward to it.”

“I’m also looking forward to performing in the library.”

“Libraries are places you normally associate with being quiet, so it’s a great idea to bring music in.”

Spark’s real name is Jess Sparkle Morgan, which is where she got her stage name from.

She said: “I wanted to choose a name that I could associate with and Sparkle is my real middle name, so it seemed appropriate.”

“I didn’t want Sparkle, because that would make me sound like I’m eight and like glitter, so I shortened it to Spark!”

Spark has sung since being a little girl and wrote her first song at the age of 12.

When she was 15, her sister entered her into an XFM busking competition.

Jess - as she was still known then - didn’t busk, but after singing Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time live on air, she picked up the £3,000 prize.

At school, she soon became the resident singer/songwriter, sitting on a stool with a guitar, performing her own songs. Then the class requested she cover Kate Bush.

“They picked ‘Wuthering Heights’ and I said no way,” said Spark.

“I thought it was too high for me to try. But I got talked into it and the reaction was amazing.”

She is signed to record label 679 Warner and has her first album coming out this summer. Her first single Revolving received good reviews.

She describes her style as pop, but with rock, ballad and rap influences.

She said: “I’m not scared of the pop label, as some singers are, and I think it’s the best way of describing my music to people.”

“I like a lot of different types of music, especially those with lyrical depth.”

“I like Alanis Morissette and Tracy Chapman, but I also like Lady Gaga and rappers like Eminem because they use words lyrically and rythmically.”

Spark was introduced to Marina & The Diamonds by a mutual friend and she went on tour with them the day she left school.

The bubbly teenager has been featured in music magazine NME and has been described as a cross between Kate Bush and Debbie Harry, had they been discovered twenty-five years later.

Spark will be accompanied by three instrumentalists when she appears at Worksop Library on Sunday 6th March. For more information and to book tickets contact the library on 535353.