Kids should be kids - Why Astrid, 10, thinks hate comments about her jazz are rude

Astrid in the Radio Clatterbridge studioOne of Merseyside's youngest new singers has told Radio Clatterbridge how she's received hate comments for singing jazz.

Astrid, 10, from Southport, impressed Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am on ITV's The Voice Kids last year.

The primary school pupil made it through to the quarter finals of the talent show and has just recorded another TV programme to be shown on BBC One this summer.

But Astrid told Coffee Club presenter Ian Grant how she was bullied by jealous friends and has also received hate comments about being too young to sing jazz.

“I just thought it was a bit rude so I thought I’d make a song to say the kids should be able to do what they want to do.” - Astrid

Astrid has now written a song, The Little Jazz Singer, about her experiences and she told listeners she is now looking for musicians to help her record it.

It's the second single penned by the aspiring youngster, who has spent the last twelve months recording and performing.


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A 9 year old schoolgirl, who is singing at Liverpool One's Christmas lights switch on, has told Radio Clatterbridge how her friends are taking her fame in their stride.

Astrid Smith was mentored by will.i.am when she beat thousands of hopefuls to become one of the finalists in ITV's The Voice Kids.


Her mum, Amanda, explained how she has so many gigs lined up this summer that she has had to have a tour t-shirt printed up with all of the dates on it.

“It's my third year of singing publicly and it feels like I’ve done over 1000 gigs in that time.” - Astrid

Astrid, who says she doesn't get nervous on stage, has helped raise money for a variety of charities and made enough to pay for 500 breakfasts for homeless people in Liverpool.

She's also started earning for herself and paid for her mum's birthday present with her profits.

Hear the full interview below, along with Astrid's version of Amy Winehouse's Back To Black.

Warning: audio contains a sequence of Ian Grant singing...


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