Bre Musiq, who impressed in this year’s X Factor live auditions, delighted pupils from three Middlesbrough schools with an acoustic set at Myplace Middlesbrough today to celebrate their contribution to supporting the planning of the Big Lottery Headstart emotional health programme.
The superb set included a version of Bre Musiq’s X Factor audition song, No Diggity, as well as showcasing songs he has penned himself. He also introduced the young people to the music that inspires him, such as Otis Reading and Bill Withers.
The Year 9 students, who have been participating in a series of digital storytelling sessions to identify the issues that impact on the emotional health of young people, also participated in Samba Drumming and Comedy workshops with AJ Academy of Arts and introductory DJ sessions run by Apollo Arts.
Following his performance Bre Musiq said: “I had a great time performing at Myplace today – it was great to hear about the fantastic work they’re doing.
“It’s always daunting playing in front of any audience, but even more so performing in front of schools because you want to play music they enjoy and that will keep them engaged. Music can play a massive role in maintaining emotional health – it can inspire and uplift you in difficult times – and it was great to share the music that inspires my creativity today.
“Being on the X Factor has given more opportunity to go out and work with more young people and help raise awareness of songwriting and the music industry. I’ve got a younger brother and sister and I’ve always tried to be a good role model for them. I know how important is it that young people have a positive influence to look up to and someone showing them what they should and shouldn’t do. Growing up, I didn’t have that and that’s why places like Myplace and the Headstart programme are so important. Young people can depend on their support whatever their situation.”
Wendy Kelly, Strategic Manager at Myplace, added: “The young people had an absolutely fantastic morning taking part in the various workshops and Bre Musiq’s performance was the icing on the cake! It is great that the young people could enjoy his performance in such an intimate setting.
“Myplace and the Big Lottery Headstart programme will offer significant support to young people in Middlesbrough and today’s celebration is in recognition of the contribution the pupils from Trinity, Acklam Grange and Unity City Academy have made to our planning.”
Keep an eye out for footage of our wonderful celebration morning!