Saturday 28th February 2015
Recognise the name Autumn Sharif? She performed last year in the annual charity concert headlined by Lawson at the Indigo02.
Alongside Nina Nesbitt, Autumn was one of 3 acts opening the charity gig after being hand picked from ‘Perform: 2014’, a competition run by Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) for young performers aged 10-19.
The (at the time) 18 year old from Woolwich made the most of her opportunity, performing the Beyoncé single ‘Drunk in Love’ in front of 2000 cheering fans.
One year later, Autumn has continued to perform gigs in London before landing a blind audition on The Voice UK. Performing on TV in front of judges Will.i.am, Rita Ora, Sir Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson, Autumn performed Katy B’s ‘Crying for No Reason.’
Just 16 seconds into her performance, Ricky Wilson, the lead singer of The Kaiser Chiefs, pressed his button resulting in Autumn progressing to the next stage of the competition and joining Team Ricky.
Reflecting on her experience with the Trust, autumn couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity given to her.
“I was given the opportunity to perform at the Indigo02 as a supporting act for Lawson last year”, said the rising star.
“I felt so privileged and blessed to have been given the chance. I would like to thank the Charlton Athletic Community Trust and Dave Berry for giving me the opportunity to do what I love at one of the best venues in the UK.
“Since then I had continued to gig across London and found my way at the blind auditions on The Voice UK, landing a spot in Team Ricky.
“I can honestly say that I probably wouldn’t have had the courage to audition for The Voice if it hadn’t have been for my experience at the Indigo02. It really brought me out of my shell, so thank you again to the Trust and Dave Berry”.
Capital Breakfast Show host and Trust Ambassador Dave Berry, who picked Autumn for the charity concert, could see her potential right from the start.
“The moment I heard her sing, I knew she was going to be a star which is why I wanted her to perform at our annual concert at the IndigoO2”, he said.
“One of the reasons I was so keen to get involved with CACT and in particular being the Youth Service Ambassador was because I knew how much talent the young people of my native South London had to offer.
“We are all so proud to see Autumn doing well on The Voice. Now it seems my mate Ricky and everyone in the UK can hear her incredible voice too. Good luck autumn!”