A ST IVES teenager could be on the brink of a singing career after winning through to the regional finals of a major competition.
Molly Hocking, 13, wowed judges at an Exeter heat of the TeenStar competition – previously won by Skinny Love songstress Birdy.
Now she has to sing at Exeter one more time on March 30 before a group of music industry professionals and she could be in the national final.
The TeenStar competition was designed to give people too young to enter X Factor a chance to shine.
And Mounts Bay Academy pupil Molly is keen to grab the opportunity.
Despite her tender years she has already gigged around local venues and sung and performed with St Ives theatre group KidzRUs.
This summer the youngster, who recently started writing her own songs, is set to sing at a number of festivals.
But at the moment her focus is on the TeenStar competition after getting rave reviews from judges in the first round.
After queuing with hundreds of others, then taking to the stage, Molly was thrilled to be told she had a "good all round sound", an "amazing vibrato" and "one of the nicest vocals of the day," before being told she was through to the next round.
Her mum, Sarah, said: "It was a great experience for her, and we'd have gone back next year even if she hadn't got through. Just getting that feedback from people in the industry was brilliant.
"Now I think she'd like to take it all the way. She's very sensible.
"She's a normal girl, and when someone asked her if she wanted to be famous she said: "I'm not really bothered if I'm famous, I just want to sing to people".
One of the things that sets Molly apart is her own musical taste. Sarah added: "She loves the 1940s' tunes. She loves Etta James and she has recorded her song At Last.
"She's a real ballad singer and I think she will last because of that."
Read more about Molly – and listen to her sing – on her website www.mollyhocking.co.uk