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Billingham singer/songwriter, Josh Daniel, has returned to his Teesside roots to meet aspiring young musicians.

Josh visited state-of-the-art Tuned In! youth centre in Redcar, which has fully-fitted recording studio facilities, to meet young people aspiring to a career in the music industry. Local entrepreneur and music talent manager, Richard Upshall, who is working closely with Josh, arranged the visit to allow the local performer to share his experiences with some of the region’s upcoming talent.

Among those Josh met, was 12 year old singing sensation, Olivia Kate Smith, who recently won the 12 and under category at the Beyond the Lights Awards, 2016 at Rainton Meadows Arena in Sunderland.

Despite leaving the X Factor after the Judges’ Houses stage, Josh’s talent was recognised by Jay Z’s record label, Roc Nation, which helped launch the careers of Rihanna, Rita Ora and Kanye West. Josh has recently finished recording his first album, a single from the debut album will be released later in the summer.

Josh Daniel, said: “It was fantastic to visit Redcar and meet Olivia Kate – who has an amazing voice.

“Tuned In! is an amazing centre – I hope the facilities there will get more kids involved in music.”

Local entrepreneur and owner of RU Listening, Richard Upshall said: “Arranging for Josh to visit Tuned In! was a good opportunity for him to meet some of the young people who, like him, are growing up with their heart set on a career in the music industry.”

Fran Golightly, Manager of Tuned In!, Redcar, said: “We were delighted to welcome Josh and Richard to Tuned In!, to see the facilities we have on offer and meet some of our young people who are so enthusiastic about the music industry.”