Rising star Phoebe Austin could not have expected the interest surrounding the making of her first official video in Sudbury, Suffolk, UK. Even though Phoebe has long been the talk of her region, recently things for her have taken another upward turn with her signing to Shlepp Entertainment and working with Stevie Eagle E signalling her career taking off even more. Phoebe recently won her first musical and artistic award winning the best newcomer gong at the IAA awards in the UK. This singing and songwriting child prodigy at only 13 years of age carries the weight of expectation for a whole region of the UK wanting to see one of their own rise to the top and so far she is not letting anyone down. Reaction to a callout for her first video has broken many records for agents and organizations involved with tens of thousands of impressions and hundreds of children applying to be a part of Phoebe Austin’s debut video ‘Thinking’.
We were unable to speak to Phoebe Austin but we did manage to speak to the producer, director and writer of Phoebe’s debut video Stevie Eagle E by phone while in Paris working with Soleil NgoNga on her new reality TV show A little Ray of Sunshine.
We asked Stevie Eagle E what he thought about the response to Phoebe Austins debut video?
Well, to be honest, it was kinda expected but at the same time exceeded my expectations. We have had to turn down so many kids wishing to take part, this was by far the hardest part and the response to our call out has been overwhelming from the local community in general. The local community has really got involved from radio to TV, press and business everyone is just coming forward and making this happen. Shooting at the Quay Theatre in Sudbury is key as it is somewhere everyone knows and a great center for exposing talent in the area. I knew there was love for Phoebe but this is more than we all expected. She truly is the Sudbury Diva and she is only 13 it’s quite amazing!
Can you give us any insight into what the video will be about or what she is going to be doing?
We have had a lot of conversations with Phoebe and her mother, management about this video. Our first idea was very different from what it is going to be now. simply because of the response from the community we have had to change the video to reflect the community, it’s talent and showcase as much of that talent as we can. The track thinking is a love song, but it is a love song from a different angle, and even when I was working on the song in the studio I found it hard to associate this track with something written by a 13-year-old. It is something (if we listen to it properly) any one of any age can learn from.
What we want to do with this video is to make a kind of mini-musical. Phoebe is very much influenced by musicals like Mama Mia and Hairspray and the joy they bring along with a powerful message and story. I told her about ‘West Side Story’ and asked her to check it out. We want to bring drama, fun, humor, and music into this video and wrap it up with a great love story at the center. So it will be a challenge because we are working with kids as well.
When is the release date for the track and what are your expectations for the single?
We will be releasing the first single on the 26th of November 1018 and our expectations are simple, to announce Phoebe Austin to the world officially and take it from there. We are not looking for instant fame (if that exists). We have a clear plan over the next several years and we want to start well and keep growing with Phoebe Austin. She has been gigging around the country and plying her trade for years. At 13 she is almost a seasoned performer already. So now we need to expose the Sudbury Diva to the rest of the world and see how she goes down.
So as excitement grows in Suffolk for Phoebe Austins debut video shoot on the 23rd and 24th of this month so does excitement grown in the industry. The Phoebe Austin buzz is spreading and the Sudbury Diva may well find herself the pride of not just Sudbury and Suffolk but a whole country.
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