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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Carlisle teen inspired to sing by Jessie J meets her idol

A young girl, inspired to sing by pop star Jessie J following the death of her mum, has finally met her idol.

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Jessie J with Rachel Robinson, left and Megan Osgood

Megan Osgood, 13, of Carlisle, was so overwhelmed to meet Jessie that she had a panic attack and had to be helped by the singer.

The teenager won the chance to meet Jessie shortly before she performed to a crowd of more than 5,000 people at Carlisle Racecourse on Sunday.

Megan is a keen singer who performs regularly at the Upperby Men’s Institute and other venues in the city. She takes lessons with singing teacher Amanda Leonard and is hoping to one day turn professional.

The Richard Rose Morton pupil began singing five years ago but it was the death of her 46-year-old mother Jackie two years ago from diabetes which spurred her on.

She said: “I was singing when my mum was alive but when she died I started to take it more seriously and Jessie J was sort of an inspiration.”

Megan, who now lives with her grandparents, said: “When I met her I began to have a panic attack and she started telling me to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth and she handed me a bottle of water.

“She was really kind about it and she helped me herself. I knew she was going to be nice but I wasn’t expecting her to be that nice.”

Megan won the chance to meet the star through a competition in our sister newspaper, The Cumberland News, which her grandmother, Brenda Chandler, entered for her.

When she met Jessie J, Megan gave her a CD featuring her version of the Rihanna hit Diamonds.

She added: “I didn’t expect her to take the CD. She said she was going to listen to it on the bus after the show.”

Megan went along to the event with her 26-year-old cousin Rachel Robson, who said: “Jessie J was so lovely to us. I didn’t expect that. After everything we have been through as a family, it meant a lot to both of us.”

Another youngster who received attention from the singer was an eight-year-old boy called Josh.

The singer spotted him in the crowd and began making up lyrics for him, including:

“It’s great that you are eight. I’m making up a song for you,

“I want to say thank you Josh for being so great”.

The News & Star would like to speak to Josh and his family about the experience.

Anyone with any information can contact the newsroom on 01228 612665.

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