ALBUM REVIEW: Stepping out in a saturated market for a teenage star

Teenage singer Chantelle Lee who performed songs from her album, Perfect Hour, at Springfields Outlet Shopping, Spalding, over the August Bank Holiday weekend.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG270816-163TW.
Teenage singer Chantelle Lee who performed songs from her album, Perfect Hour, at Springfields Outlet Shopping, Spalding, over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG270816-163TW.
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SHAN SHAN WORLD - Chantelle Lee, available now on iTunes and Soundcloud

How does a teenage pop star make a statement in a market full of poster girls on youngsters’ bedroom walls?

Chantelle Lee (16), of London, hopes to have the answer with her collection of 14 songs, some of which were tested out in Spalding twice this year.

Shan Shan World is Chantelle’s invitation into her pop music dream, laced with the influences of Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez.

What Chantelle does have on her side is a talent to write songs as deep as Same Mistakes, with its cocktail of electronics and vocals, dance track The Other Side, Lose It All and Unfaithful Loving.

For the younger market, Chantelle offers When I Think of You, Alone and Perfect Hour, all sung with a clear alto voice.

Lots of record labels are interested in me and one magazine called me one of the next young music artists for people to watch out for - but I just want people to listen to my music and get to know who I am

Chantelle ‘Shan Shan World’ Lee (16), of London

The album ends with Chantelle even taking Gabrielle’s 1993 UK number one hit Dreams as her base for Inner Light, a glimpse at what might be for a teenager who has reportedly caught the eye of hip hop king Jay Z.

But Chantelle’s visits to Spalding, the second during Springfields Outlet Shopping’s Christmas Lights Switch-On in October, showed that she is ready for the hard yards on the road marked “Teen Pop Queen”.

On her visit to Spalding in August, Chantellle said: “Spalding is a beautiful town, so cute and so different from where I live in London.

“It’s more intimate, the people here seem to be more friendly and it was really amazing to interact with the audience a lot.

“The shows at Springfields Outlet Shopping were a kind of test for me to develop my confidence and I really got to practice my vocals.

“It was so much fun and I got so much good feedback, with kids coming up on stage, asking me for my autograph and wanting to know where they could find my music.”

Review by Winston Brown