Sugababes push the button for Cirencester teen
Saturday, March 27, 2010, 06:56
SINGING sensations Sugababes gave Abbie Drew a sweet introduction to being in a girl band.
The tuneful stars wowed the 15-year-old, from Cirencester, when she met them at a recording session at the world-famous Abbey Road studios.
Abbie shot to the top of the pops by singing her version of the Sugababes hit About a Girl in the national Windows 7 Snap and Shake competition.
She won a weekend in the life of the girl band, including a stay in a glamorous suite at celebrity haunt The Mayfair Hotel and a London shopping spree.
She also got the chance to eat dinner at Nobu, finished off with a recording session at Abbey Road Studios.
Abbie, a pupil at Deer Park School, Cirencester, said: "It was absolutely incredible.
"I met Heidi and Amelle, but unfortunately Jade was ill. They were lovely, so supportive and just down-to-earth, normal girls.
"I couldn't believe I was sitting on a sofa between the Sugababes.
"It all got a bit overwhelming, with so many other people around us, and I started crying with the shock and happiness.
"They were saying if you want to get somewhere in the music industry you have to try as hard as you can. Even if you get knocked down you must get back up again.
"Heidi said that when she was a teenager she wrote so many letters to music companies and eventually got there. She was signed when she was 18."
Abbie vowed to follow in her pop idols' footsteps.
She said: "I'm going to be writing lots of letters and doing lots of recording in smaller studios nearer home and sending off demo CDs.
"I was also really inspired by recording in the same room The Beatles were once in."
Ambitious Abbie, who prefers singing ballads, also writes songs and she has raised the money to go to stage school this summer.
She has already won Fairford's Got Talent and she made it though to the first round of Britain's Got Talent aged just 12 years old.