Uckfield’s Karl shows likeability factor

Kyle Rossi

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A multi-talented teenager from Uckfield looks set to break into the tough world of pop music thanks to his ‘tender delivery’ and ‘likeability factor.’

Kyle Rossi has helped celebrate his 18th birthday year by breaking through the fame barrier after winning the area final of the national Teenstar Competition in May.

Since qualifying for the Grand Final, Kyle has continued with his musical adventure. On recommendation he auditioned for the OpenMic competition, a follow-on from Teenstar.

He was successful at the initial audition and won through to the Regional Final held in Hove last month.

As a result he has now qualified for another top competition, The Area Final to be held in Fareham, Hampshire on November 29.

Kyle is well known among music fans in Uckfield - he has sung to audiences of hundreds in Luxford Park at the Uckfield Festival this summer and has also made appearances on UckfieldFM.

When Kyle appeared at Teenstar, judges said: “You connected well to the song and conveyed that emotion well to the audience. There was a lovely, tender delivery of the lyrics. You have that likeability factor.”

Kyle was spotted by a talent scout and won through an audition held at a south coast recording studio. As a result he has now been offered a place on a development programme, giving him one to one composition and voice coaching, one a month for eight hours in total. Following that he will produce an EP and do a showcase.

Kyle is the son of Tanya and Toni Rossi, chairman of the Uckfield Grasshoppers Football Team, and he’s carrying on the torch for this sporting family.

As well as coaching football for the Grasshoppers himself and tennis in Maresfield, he’s currently studying Spanish, business studies, economic and PE for A level and wants to read internatinal business management at university, prior to working overseas.

Tanya said: “He’s just come back from Spain where he spent some time working with a friend. No-one in this family sits still for long. We are so proud of him - whatever he tries his hand at, he usually succeeds in doing well and he works very hard. He’s looking at universities at the moment. That’s the next phase, and he’d like to spend some of that time overseas. He’s just celebrated his 18th birthday and we spent the last few days clearing up!”

Teenstar is organised by Future Music and is a national singing competitition searching for the UK’s best teen and pre-teen singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists across all genres.