Stage talent aims for pop stardom
PUBLISHED: 11:09 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 August 2010
A TALENTED graduate is on the verge of pop stardom as part of an up-and-coming boy band. Harry Neale, 20, of Pickhurst Lane, Hayes, was one of five young men to be chosen by a top record producer to form the band Inju5tice, which are due to begin their f
A TALENTED graduate is on the verge of pop stardom as part of an up-and-coming boy band.
Harry Neale, 20, of Pickhurst Lane, Hayes, was one of five young men to be chosen by a top record producer to form the band Inju5tice, which are due to begin their first UK tour this month.
Former head boy Mr Neale graduated from the Italia Conti performing arts school at the Barbican last July with a degree in musical theatre. He had been at the institution full-time from the age of 11 years old.
His mother, Debra Neale, said: "Naturally, I'm very proud of him.
"He was going to audition for RADA [Royal Academy of Dramatic Art] but he got swine flu and so couldn't attend. After that he got an audition for the band."
Inju5tice was put together by Ian Levine, a record producer who has worked with boy bands like Take That and Blue as they reached worldwide success.
Mrs Neale added: "Apparently, as soon as Ian Levine heard Harry sing, he said 'that's my lead singer'."
The producer had placed an advert in Stage magazine entitled Want to be a popstar? The five are currently on tour in Germany after releasing their first album, World's Most Wanted. When the boys get back, they embark on a UK tour which takes them to schools and colleges all over the country, starting at Shirley High School, in Croydon, on June 23. Given his stage school education, the young star-in-the-making is quite used to the glare of the spotlight. In 2004, he appeared alongside Pixie Lott in a version of The Sound of Music.
Harry's mum admitted she was a little apprehensive about her son going into the business:, adding: "Sometimes I get an adrenalin rush and it's very exciting, and sometimes I'm not so sure. But, I am very proud of him. I would be proud of him whatever he wanted to do.
"I am very protective over him, if he's happy, then I'm happy."
To find out more about the band: www.inju5tice.co.uk.