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Alexa Goddard 'so lucky' to get Wireless Festival gig

Yateley singing star will open the festival main stage in London's Hyde Park next month

Alexa Goddard

Singing sensation Alexa Goddard will perform alongside some of the biggest names in the pop industry this summer.

The 25-year-old from Yateley will open the main stage at Wireless Festival, a month before her debut single Marilyn is released.

Having recently signed to Jay Z’s record label, Goddard said she was "ecstatic" to be performing at a music festival of which she is a big fan.

“I went to Wireless last year to watch and I couldn’t wait to perform on stage there one day,” she said.

“After the event, my management said they would see what they could do. I am opening the main stage, which I didn’t expect to be doing. I am so happy and feel so lucky.”

The likes of Ellie Goulding, Outkast and Goddard’s personal favourite, Bruno Mars, are among the line-up of the festival taking place over the weekend of July 4-6.

Wireless Festival, launched in 2005 and managed by Live Nation, visits both London and Birmingham this year, having started in Hyde Park only.

Goddard, who started singing at the age of 14 and studied at Yateley School, performed at Yateley’s first ever music festival, Gig on the Green, in 2011.

In March 2010, she created a YouTube channel with the username AlexaMusicTV. She uploaded various videos of her own covers of R&B hits and released four cover versions as singles, using social media to promote them.

The biggest-selling of these was her version of Turn My Swag On, which reached Number 20 on the UK Singles Chart and the top of the UK Indie Chart.

Goddard developed the YouTube strategy with her manager Stew Mclean, who is also from Yateley, and she soon caught the attention of Jay Z's record label, Roc Nation.

The official music video for Marilyn was shot in LA last month. The track will be released on August 17, but will be available for pre-order on iTunes later this month.

Goddard is looking to release a second single in November and an album early next year.

Over the next few months she is spending a lot of time promoting her music, but still finds time for a bit of cooking and family time.

“Any free time I have I make the most of seeing friends and family,” she said.

“There will be times when I am away for long periods of time so when I am at home I like to chill, although I always end up going back to my music.

“I also like taking my dogs for a walk and I love cooking. When I am working I always have to grab sandwiches."

 

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