Holly Hull

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Holly Hull
Birth name Holly-Anne Hull
Born (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 22)
Origin Camberley, Surrey, England
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, performer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts My Camp Rock, West End Kids
Website hollyannehull.com

Holly Hull (born Holly-Anne Hull, 17 October 1994, Camberley, Surrey, England) is an English teen singer who won the Disney Channel UK talent search My Camp Rock in April 2009, after being voted for by viewers. She is mentored by specialist vocal coach, Martin-Gwyn Williams and was a member of the West End Kids song & dance troupe from 2006 to 2013.

Early life[edit]

At a school musical recital Holly had her first taste of performing at the age of 9 when she sang a solo from The Little Mermaid.

Holly then joined the Guildford School of Acting Saturday School and performed in two Christmas pantomimes at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. She was then accepted into the National Youth Music Theatre where she performed at Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom's 80th Birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle in May 2006.[1] With NYMT she also performed The Dreaming in Tonbridge, Kent.

Singing career[edit]

2009: My Camp Rock[edit]

Early stages[edit]

Holly auditioned for the Disney Channel UK talent search My Camp Rock in early 2009 by making a video of herself singing "This Is Me". She was chosen as one of the 8 finalists, to take part in an intensive 4-day Camp Rock style workshop. She sang "Listen", whilst the other finalists also sang songs of their choice in front of JK & Joel and Zoe Tyler in order for them to 'hear their voices'. For the Camp Jam, which aired on 17 April 2009 she was told to sing "Here I Am" and advanced to the Grand Final after being chosen to advance by the four judges, Zoe Tyler, Craig David, Martin Morales and Gary Lloyd.

Final[edit]

In the grand final, which was held on 24 April 2009 at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, she was told to sing This Is Me. Shortly after Holly performed a viewer vote was held on the My Camp Rock website where from 6 to 6:20pm viewers could vote for who they want to win the show, and Holly received the highest amount of votes,[2] therefore was announced winner the following day during the results show.[3][4] She was presented the trophy by Demi Lovato, who was in London during the weekend and also performed her single La La Land during the results show.[5][6][7] After her victory, Holly spoke of winning the competition. She said "I can't believe that thousands of Disney Channel viewers voted me as the winner of My Camp Rock. Meeting Demi Lovato was the best experience ever and made the Camp Rock dream a reality. I can't wait to watch my very own music video on the channel. I've enjoyed every minute and feel incredibly fortunate.”

Performances[edit]

Below is a list of songs Hull performed on the show.

Round Song choice Original artist Result
Audition "This is Me" Demi Lovato Advanced
Bootcamp "Listen" Beyoncé Advanced
Camp Jam "Here I Am" Camp Rock Advanced
Final Jam "This is Me" Demi Lovato Winner

Debut single[edit]

As a prize for winning My Camp Rock, Hull was taken by limo to a recording studio to record her own version of the Camp Rock track This Is Me, as well as a music video.[8] The music video features Hull singing into a microphone in front of a screen which shows clips of her time at My Camp Rock. The music video premiered on Disney Channel UK on 1 May 2009.[8] It was available to watch on the Disney Channel UK website before its premiere.[8] It can now be purchased and downloaded from iTunes.[8] Hull performed the song at her school in a special concert assembly, which was shown in My Camp Rock: Holly's Story.[9] A Disney TV crew filmed her concert and interviewed her friends at Licensed Victuallers' School, Ascot. She said "Performing in front of my friends and family was more nerve-racking than taking part in the competition! But I'm really proud of what I have achieved. "Coming back to school was a bit of a reality check but my friends have all been really supportive."[9]

Post My Camp Rock[edit]

A new feature, called My Camp Rock: Holly's Story, was shown on Disney Channel on 21 August 2009.[10] It features unseen footage and follows Holly's journey from her initial audition, through to the intensive four-day "Camp Rock" style training course, and final performance before being crowned the winner by Demi Lovato. It also features her experiences on recording her single and performing at her school in a special concert assembly.[9][10]

It is said that Holly will record and release One Dream Away, the official song for the children's charity, Dreamflight later in 2009, according to her website. Singing with fellow West End Kid, Hannah El-Ayadi, Holly performed the song live for the first time in 25 years at a Dreamflight Charity event on 20 June 2009 at London Heathrow. The charity sends young terminally ill children on "trips of a lifetime".[11]

Hull performed at "West End Live 2009" in Leicester Square (Main Stage) on 21 June 2009.[12] Hull performed with the West End Kids company, singing music from Seussical, in addition to music from The Producers, Avenue Q and Urinetown.[12]

In August 2009 Holly won an American Idol Dream Ticket at the American Idol Experience attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.[13] Holly sang "Reflection" from Mulan to win the prize.[13] She won the prize, which she qualified to the auditions. Holly performed at the American Idol audition for the television show, but her audition was never televised.

Personal life[edit]

Holly grew up in Camberley, Surrey. She lives with her mother, father, brother Sam, dog Charlie and sister Lily, who told Holly to audition for My Camp Rock. She attended Farnborough Sixth Form College.

Holly has completed her training at the London School of Musical Theatre, and graduated in 2014, training alongside Tim Phelps, James Lloyd-Skinner, Amy Griffith, Joanne Bacon, Adam Scott Pringle and Kris Marc-Joseph. She is currently playing the lead role of Holly Manson in Loserville at the Union Theatre.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions Album
UK
2009 "This Is Me"[8] 93 Holly
2010 "One Dream Away"[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A dream come true for girl who sang to Queen". Get Surrey. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2009. 
  2. ^ Francis Batt (24 May 2009). "Schoolgirl beats thousands to win Disney contest". Mainhead Advertiser. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "14-year-old Holly Hull wins British 'My Camp Rock'". CHINA.ORG.CN. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "My Camp Rock won by Holly Hull from Camberley". Parents-Online. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Lisa McGarry (27 April 2009). "My Camp Rock results show with Demi Lovato". Unreality.TV. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Holly Hull wins My Camp Rock". Channel 4. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "14-year-old wins My Camp Rock talent contest". eParenting. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Rebecca Thornton (27 April 2009). "Teenager wins chance to record Camp Rock single". Get Surrey. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c Lauren Everitt (15 May 2009). "Holly shows her school This Is Me!". Bracknell News. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  10. ^ a b Martin-Gwyn Williams (3 July 2009). "The Winner's Story". Holly Hull official website. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  11. ^ a b Martin-Gwyn Williams (10 June 2009). "Holly to release Dreamflight Song". Holly Hull official website. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  12. ^ a b Martin-Gwyn Williams (10 June 2009). "See Holly Hull at West End Kids live 2009". Holly Hull official website. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  13. ^ a b Martin-Gwyn Williams (23 August 2009). "Holly wins American Idol "Dream Ticket"". Holly Hull official website. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 

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