Songster Connie to appear for hospice

September 7, 2009

 Midland singing sensation Connie Talbot is set to wow the crowds at Walsall Hospice's inaugural Starlight Walk, it has been announced. The eight-year-old superstar, who found fame on hit ITV show Britain's Got Talent, will perform at the event's official launch on Friday and again at the walk on Friday evening. She will become Walsall Hospice's youngest ambassador. Joined by mother Sharon, father Gavin, brother Josh and sister Molly, Connie will then take on the 5k stroll around Walsall Arboretum's picturesque lake. More than 500 people have now signed up for the event, which aims to raise vital funds to equip and staff Walsall's first adult hospice.

September 12, 2009

Walkers light up town park for hospice fund. Twinkling tea lights and luminous neon glow sticks lit up the Arboretum as around 900 people took part in the inaugural Walsall Hospice Starlight Walk. Streetly singing sensation Connie Talbot, the hospice's youngest ambassador, warmed the crowd up, performing three tracks - I Will Always Love You, Over The Rainbow and Wonderful World. The eight-year-old songbird, who found fame on Britain's Got Talent, said: "I'm really pleased to be here because the hospice will help a lot of people." Connie then kickstarted the walk around the 5.5 mile course, flanked by Radio WM presenter Joanne Malin and her chocolate Labrador Maisie. The eight-year-old superstar, who found fame on hit ITV show Britain's Got Talent, will perform at the event's official launch on Friday and again at the walk on Friday evening.

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Connie Talbot Is Toys for Tots? "Littlest Ambassador" for 2009

November 20, 2009 Toys For Tots Luncheon

 Britain's Connie Talbot Is Toys for Tots "Littlest Ambassador" for 2009

Story and photos by Nancy Lee White Hoffman


When I was a kid, all I wanted to be when I grew up was a singer; however, two things got in my way. First off, I was shy, painfully shy, and secondly, I couldn?t sing well. Yet it was all I wanted to do for the longest time.  It seems as though 9-year-old Connie Talbot has had the same dream. You may have seen her on "Britain's Got Talent" in 2007 when she was 6 years old, or later in a "YouTube" video, when she wowed the audiences and judges, including the brutally honest Simon Cowell, and finished runner-up, beating out thousands who auditioned for a spot on the British television show, similar to our "America's Got Talent". Fortunately for Connie, she's not scared to get up in front of an audience, and she has a natural singing ability.

Connie is a poised young lady who said she has been singing since she could talk. One of the amazing things about Connie, who hails from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands region of England, is that she's never taken a singing lesson. "Britain's Got Talent" was her first public performance. Before that, she only sang in front of family or friends. She said she was too young to compete on "The X Factor", another British television show, which is a bit like "American Idol".  So she asked her mom, Sharon, if she could try out for "Britain's Got Talent". Connie said, "It was fun!" and she wasn't nervous performing in front of all the people, but her dad, Gavin, said he was nervous watching her.

How has "Britain's Got Talent" prepared Connie for what she is doing now? It has made her more confident and more comfortable in the shows that have followed. When we talked, she had made 100 appearances on TV shows, including "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "QVC", a home shopping network. In addition to the United States, she has traveled to South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Japan, Poland and Jamaica. "I've been very lucky to see the world", she said.

Connie's jewelry line "Connie Girl" includes a Toys for Tots bracelet, which she is wearing, and a Cancer Awareness bracelet. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these two bracelets goes to each respective charity.

Connie's U.S. debut album, "Over the Rainbow", has sold more than 350,000 copies. She has garnered five Gold and Platinum awards. She holds two "Guinness World Records" for the youngest artist to ever receive a Gold album and the youngest to chart. She's waiting to hear if her recent one-hour PBS special brings a third mention in "Guinness World Records" because at age 8 she may very well be the youngest person to have her own show. Meanwhile, more requests for appearances and shows continue to come in, said her manager, Peter G. Kuys, AAO Music chairman. Because some countries, like Australia, are a long way to travel, Connie does a few shows by satellite.

Connie Talbot thanks the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation staff for one of her birthday gifts, a stuffed bear dressed in Marine dress blues.

In addition to traveling and singing, Connie likes drawing/designing, swimming and being with friends and her family. Mom and Dad, 16-year-old brother, Joshua, and 14-year-old sister, Mollie. Connie also manages to keep up with her schoolwork while on the road. At the request of her teacher at her school in England, she is making daily entries in her diary. Math and word games often substitute for the classroom because there is a lot of time spent traveling. Connie's parents and manager are in constant touch with her school to ensure she keeps up with her education.

Asked during her latest visit in November what she enjoys most about the United States, she said, "I like everything", "It's brilliant". When pressed for a favorite place, she chose Florida, because she was recently there and it's sunny. She especially enjoyed a boat ride on the Intercoastal Waterway.

Her least favorite thing about America was seeing "Chucky, the horror doll", while on a Walk of the Stars tour in Hollywood. He might not be this writer's least favorite thing about America, but I would put him on a list of least favorite things too. Other than seeing Chucky, Connie said, "Everything has been perfect".

She awakened with quite a start one morning, though, when she looked out her hotel room. She even woke her parents up, saying, "Mom, Mom, Mom, someone has taken the Hollywood sign". She thought the 45-foot-tall letters that spell out Hollywood in Los Angeles had disappeared, but it was only "the  fog over it". she said, laughing.

On Nov. 18, Connie and her team, including her mom and dad, stopped by the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation headquarters building in Triangle, Va., near Marine Corps Base Quantico. The foundation is the authorized fundraising and support organization for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots Program, and Connie is the program's "Littlest Ambassador" for  2009. The foundation staff surprised Connie with birthday gifts, a card and an ice cream cake. After the staff sang "Happy Birthday" to her, she sang "Over the Rainbow" a cappella for them. Connie actually turned 9 two days later.

Connie takes time out of her busy schedule to eat some birthday cake. She celebrated her ninth birthday two days early on Nov 18, 2009, with the foundation staff.

Connie has been making appearances on behalf of Toys for Tots, including singing at the recent 2009 Campaign Kick-Off Luncheon in Alexandria, Va. Her second U.S. album, "Connie Talbot's Holiday Magic" debuted in October and may be found in retail stores, such as Borders, or online. A portion of the proceeds from the CD goes to Toys for Tots. Connie also has designed a bracelet for her "Connie Girl" jewelry line that features Toys for Tots. Proceeds from it as well will go to the charity.

Connie takes her job as ambassador seriously. "It's a great charity and I'm glad to help it. Hopefully, everyone will take part in the charity and help, so every child gets a toy to play with".

"The Marine Toys for Tots Program is proud to have Connie Talbot as our "Littlest Ambassador", said Lieutenant General H. Pete Osman, president and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. "Her selfless desire to help children less fortunate than herself reflects the values of our Corps and epitomizes the goodness of the Toys for Tots Program".

Connie joins a list of numerous stars, including Marilyn Monroe, who have supported the U.S. Marine Reserve's Toys for Tots Program for more than 60 years. (Courtesy of AAO Music/Reality)

Lieutenant General H. Pete Osman, president and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, thanks Connie for being Toys for Tots' 2009 ambassador and presents her with a memento bearing the three-car Toys for Tots train logo, which was designed by Walt Disney in 1948 and still is used today.

Connie has a new CD coming out within the year. She has written lyrics for a least one of the songs. The CD's working title is "Beautiful World" her view of the world.

And my view of Connie Talbot is "Beautiful Child". Toys for Tots is indeed fortunate to have her as their "Littlest Ambassador".

You go, Connie girl!

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Holiday Magic TV Special

In Autumn 2009, Via Studios Global began work on a holiday spectacular with child prodigy and international sensation Connie Talbot. The one-hour HD show utilized VSG's Production, Set-Design, Facility, Audio Mixing and Graphic services. The special has been released internationally on DVD and CD.