Rising star Gabrielle Aplin, whose new song features on the new John Lewis Christmas TV advert, visited Newcastle College to play an intimate gig as well as provide advice to students on how to make it in the music industry.
The young musician called in on the college’s state of the art £21m Performance Academy following the release of her first major label release, a cover of the Frankie Goes to Hollywood classic The Power of Love, which features in the advert campaign.
The song entered the iTunes Singles Chart at number 3 and is expected to climb the Official UK Top 40 as Christmas approaches.
The 20 year old is in esteemed company, with songs by superstar songstresses Paloma Faith and Ellie Goulding previously featuring in adverts for the high-street retailer.
Gabrielle, who recently signed to Parlophone Records, performed to 200 music students from the college’s School of Creative Industries, with her set also including new song Please Don’t Say You Love Me!
The gig was the latest in a long line of visits to the Performance Academy from A-List musicians, which have also included megastars JLS, local indie rockers Maximo Park and most recently boy band favourites Lawson.
As well as wowing the audience, Gabrielle also provided some sound words of advice on how to get noticed in the industry.
Gabrielle, who comes from Bath, said: “It was a great opportunity to come to Newcastle College and play to so many aspiring artists. It’s always good to be able to share your experiences with those with a similar educational background as me that want to break into the industry.”
Max Weedon, Section Manager for Music at Newcastle College, said: “There’s a lot of buzz around Gabrielle at the moment because of the new John Lewis advert, as well as the fact that she is producing such amazing music, so it was a great time for her to be visiting the college. With many of our students at the same age at Gabrielle, her advice and stories proved really inspirational.”
Newcastle College offers a wide range of creatively stimulating courses at its state of the art Performance Academy, including a new BTEC in Music for DJ Producers. The college also recently launched a new range of Songwriting courses that have been designed in conjunction with professional songwriter Peter Brewis, whose band Field Music competed for this year’s Mercury Music Prize.