Stevenage’s Gabz Gardiner ‘shocked and amazed’ at single release

Gabz Gardiner finished seventh in the final of Britain's Got Talent. Credit: Ken McKay/Rex Features

Gabz Gardiner finished seventh in the final of Britain's Got Talent. Credit: Ken McKay/Rex Features - Credit: Ken McKay/Thames / Rex Features

A TEENAGE singer-songwriter said she was “shocked and amazed” when she was told the song that shot her into the limelight on Britain’s Got Talent was to be released as a single.

GABZ Gardiner’s own composition The One – where she raps, sings and plays the piano – has been produced by Sony Music and goes on sale as Lighters (The One) on Sunday.

The 14-year-old from Stevenage shot the video for her song last Thursday, less than two weeks after appearing in the final of the ITV talent contest.

During Gabz’ Britain’s Got Talent audition, head judge Simon Cowell said: “I think we’re looking at a future popstar.”

About the news, The Nobel School student told the Comet: “It’s amazing, I’m really shocked and amazed as I never thought I would be able to get my own original song released so it’s really cool.

“I felt so happy when I first heard my song played on the radio when I was on my way to film the Lighters (The One) music video.

“It was so cool filming for the music video and recording the song because I’ve only been to a recording studio once before and that was just to record some covers. It was completely different because it was a big studio and I got to work with record producer Graham Stack – he is amazing and did a really good job on the song.

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“I wasn’t really sure what to expect when shooting the video and I thought it might be really scary with lots of people on the set but it was actually really fun.”

Gabz has been promoting her single this week and is due to perform on ITV’s Daybreak tomorrow morning (Thursday), before singing the song again on This Morning on Wednesday, July 3.

About juggling school work with her fledgling music career, she added: “It’s been quite difficult because I’ve had lots of homework. But I’ve been spending as much time in school as possible as I will be starting GCSE work next year. It’s been fun and I’m having an amazing time as the school has been very flexible and supportive.”

Gabz will be going back to her old school next week when she makes an appearance at Lodge Farm Primary School.

The ex-pupil will be visiting the school in Mobbsbury Way, Stevenage, as part of a summer fair which takes place next Thursday, July 4, between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.