A teenage girl has won a record deal after posting her version of a Paolo Nutini song on YouTube. The song was in memory of her mother.
Sarah Phillips, 17, recorded the song ‘Autumn’ on her mobile phone the night her mother Debbie died in February.
The family decided to upload the video onto the video-sharing website, along with a film and pictures paying tribute to 48-year-old Debbie, who had battled cancer for four years.
The film even caught the attention of Paolo Nutini who later invited Sarah to join him on a show. More than 380,000 viewers have watched the video. It was this reaction from the public, that made Sarah realise it was possible to be a performer as well as retaining her personal values.
To raise money to find a cure for cervical cancer, she has set up a website called ‘Debbie Fund”. All the proceeds of her single “Say It’s Possible”, recorded on independent label Strike Back, will go to the charity, which is aiming to raise £750,000.
“Ultimately, Debbie Fund is one-of-a-kind in the fight against Cervical Cancer as nowhere else in the world is research being undertaken to find a dedicated treatment,” said Sarah.
“I want more than anything to play my part in saving at least one woman from the same fate as my lovely mummy.
“And so I hope that other people will also continue to support Debbie Fund for the sake of mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, everywhere.”
Sarah went on to say, “It’s strange that, out of all this, it has been the saddest year of my life, and also the happiest.”