Wigan Youngsters To Perform With Phil Collins At Charity Gala In USA

Two talented members of Wigan Youth Zone have been selected to join five-time Grammy award winner Phil Collins on stage at a star-studded benefit gala in Miami.

Georgia Linde (13) and Emily Pearce (16) will perform at the ’Dreaming on the beach’ black-tie gala on Thursday 15th November. The event has been organised by Phil and Orianne Collins’ charity The Little Dreams Foundation; which fulfils the dreams of young aspiring talent who otherwise wouldn’t have the financial means to achieve their ambitions in music, sports and arts.

The youngsters travel from the UK to Florida on Monday 12th November having received mentorship and twice weekly singing lessons funded by the foundation for the past two months. 

Each will receive three days professional voice coaching sessions with world-renowned vocal coach, Betty Wright, in preparation for their performance.   

Emily and Georgia will sing several songs with Phil Collins who is best known as singer-songwriter and frontman of Genesis, a producer, collaborator, actor, and Broadway composer. His singles, both solo and with Genesis, are global hits and some of the defining songs of the last 40 years – “In the Air Tonight,” “Sussudio” and “Take Me Home,” to name a few. In addition to his five GRAMMY® awards, Collins has sold multi-platinum albums and singles and has won an Oscar and two Golden Globe awards.

The pair will perform to an audience of around 2,500 guests, philanthropists and talent scouts. They will also continue to receive wider support from the Little Dreams Foundation in order to eventually achieve their goals; with Emily dreaming of representing the UK at Eurovision and Georgia aiming to have a successful career as a singer-songwriter.

Orianne Collins said: “Our goal at Little Dreams Foundation is to advocate and provide children in music, art and sports personalised training and supervision to facilitate their passions and help fulfil their dreams.

“The benefit event gives us the opportunity to celebrate and raise funds in support of the Little Dreams Foundation.”

Phil Collins added: “Orianne and I founded the foundation in 2000 and are very excited to be presenting the fourth annual U.S. benefit gala, bringing together supporters and partners of the foundation, global music entertainers, and Little Dreamers; the young aspiring talent that make up the Little Dreams Foundation.”

Wigan Youth Zone is part of national charity for young people OnSide Youth Zones, which is a UK partner for The Little Dreams Foundation.

Georgia recently performed to an audience that included HRH Prince Harry and several celebrities at an OnSide Youth Zones event and both herself and Emily have received fantastic support from the Youth Zone in Wigan.

Anthony Ashworth-Steen, Executive Director at Wigan Youth Zone, said: “For the girls to be invited to perform at such an amazing event in Miami is a brilliant once in a lifetime opportunity.

“They’re both exceptionally talented and we will definitely see big things from them in the future – they really are ones to watch!

“Little Dreams Foundation’s work complements Wigan Youth Zone’s focus on improving the aspirations of local young people by helping them achieve their full potential in a safe environment.

“Everyone at the Youth Zone is extremely proud of Emily and Georgia and we know they’ll put on a fantastic show in Miami.”

Wigan Youth Zone opened its doors in 2013 and provides local young people with a safe, fun and innovative place to spend their leisure time. It has delivered a cost benefit to the local authority of £6.65 for each £1 invested, based on employability and anti-social behaviour alone. 

The state-of-the-art facility has seen over 21,000 young Wiganers become members, who have made nearly 380,000 visits since 2013.

It boasts its own recording facility and youth led record label ‘Reet Good Records’ with worldwide digital music distribution for aspiring musicians to get a true industry experience, as well as artist development, instrument lessons and coaching by experienced musicians.

The Youth Zone is credited with a 77% reduction in rates of anti-social behaviour in the surrounding area and its employability scheme ‘Get a Job’ has seen more than 400 young people progress in to employment, education or training.

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