A TALENTED young singer from Killearn has been invited to speak at the prestigious global event in New York, which will be hosted by Chelsea Clinton on March 16.
Tallia Storm (14) will share the platform at the TEDxTEEN conference with other extraordinary teens from around the world to discuss the topic of ‘The Audacity of whY’.
Dubbed ‘Tiny Chancer’ by the UK press, Tallia Storm had been singing for about three years when she was propelled to the international limelight last year.
The Balfron High pupil left her demo CD with Sir Elton John’s partner David Furnish in a restaurant while she was on holiday with her family in Hawaii. Twenty-four hours later the legendary singer/songwriter Sir Elton called her mobile and told her that she had one of the most exciting voices he had heard in years and that her potential was huge.
He invited her to open his concert in Falkirk Football Stadium to a sold out audience of 17,000 people at the tender age of 13 and since then she has been making a name for herself with gigs and live performances around the UK and the USA.
Hosted by the ‘We Are Family Foundation’, founded by legendary songwriter/musician/producer Nile Rodgers, this conference gives teenagers a global educational platform to share their work, tell their stories and inspire others.
Tallia said: “My first reaction to this incredible invitation was why me, then of course I said why not!
“I’m humbled, honoured, and inspired to join such a cool list of teens that are really shaking up the world with their incredible activities and talents. I literally can’t wait to listen to their stories and meet people from around the world and of course get to visit NYC.
“Who would have thought that a wee ‘storm’ from Glasgow would get to meet Chelsea Clinton and of course one of my idols Nile Rodgers. My folks are insanely jealous. I grew up listening to Chic because of my parents and now this amazing guy is still shaking up the world with his incredible work with teenagers and I get to meet him. It’s just an awesome opportunity and I’m so grateful.”