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"Angela Wows audiences- and she's only 8!"

by Heather Willan-

Could talented Taupo eight-year-old Angela Steele be New Zealands next singing sensation? There's every chance as she has impressed audiences with her performances around town at Rest Homes, Art-in -the-Park and the Wet Beats Pool Party to name a few.

Her next public performance will be at the Adidas Great Lake Relay prize giving next Saturday.

Angela is also attracting attention from further afield and featured on Prime TV. She says she loves acting and singing and has appeared in several theatre productions. She loves musicals, and Sound of Music and Annie are two of her favorites.

Angela has been singing in public since she was six and is starting singing lessons this year. She has been busy recording demo singles with Tony Strong of Soundfarm Studios.
Mom Jill Steele says the family are happy to support and encourage Angela in her singing.
"For as long as she keeps enjoying it, we're happy.

Does Angela get nervous performing in front of large audiences?
"Sometimes, but as soon as I start singing...I'm not very nervous anymore. As soon as I sing the first word I'm like Hey! this is fun." - Taupo Times FEB 11, 2005


"Angela Wows audiences- and she's only 8!"

by Heather Willan-

Could talented Taupo eight-year-old Angela Steele be New Zealands next singing sensation? There's every chance as she has impressed audiences with her performances around town at Rest Homes, Art-in -the-Park and the Wet Beats Pool Party to name a few.

Her next public performance will be at the Adidas Great Lake Relay prize giving next Saturday.

Angela is also attracting attention from further afield and featured on Prime TV. She says she loves acting and singing and has appeared in several theatre productions. She loves musicals, and Sound of Music and Annie are two of her favorites.

Angela has been singing in public since she was six and is starting singing lessons this year. She has been busy recording demo singles with Tony Strong of Soundfarm Studios.
Mom Jill Steele says the family are happy to support and encourage Angela in her singing.
"For as long as she keeps enjoying it, we're happy.

Does Angela get nervous performing in front of large audiences?
"Sometimes, but as soon as I start singing...I'm not very nervous anymore. As soon as I sing the first word I'm like Hey! this is fun." - Taupo Times FEB 11, 2005


"Young starlet to perform"

Eight year-old Angela Steele from Taupo has a passion for music and has already started to make a name for herself.

Having performed at numerous local Taupo events including in front of 5000 at the Adidas Great Lake Relay this year, Angela hopes to wow Hamilton audiences at next weekend's Waikato Winter Show.

Being held at the Waikato Events Center in Claudelands(April 30th-May2nd) Angela will sing four songs in each of her performances - an original she wrote herself The Girl In The Mirror, Thank You For The Music by ABBA, Angel a song written for her by Tony Strong and Kim Robertson, and the Beatles' Obladi-Oblada.

The young Singer/Songwriter appeared on the Paul Holmes Television show in February to chat about her love of music. The Waipahihi School student says she loves to sing, and when she watches famous singers and actors like Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne, and Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, becoming a Singer/Actress is something she is determined to achieve. " I began performing at about three years old just around home." said Angela.

"I have always loved singing because it makes people smile and it gives me a chance to be some one else, because I can act some of the songs. Everyone says I have a perfect pitch, and I don't have any trouble singing songs."

She said she was always nervous before a performance but as soon as she begins singing she forgets about it. Angela recently recorded a third song for her demo CD and wants to produce a 12 track record commercially. - Waikato Times. April 2005


"Young starlet to perform"

Eight year-old Angela Steele from Taupo has a passion for music and has already started to make a name for herself.

Having performed at numerous local Taupo events including in front of 5000 at the Adidas Great Lake Relay this year, Angela hopes to wow Hamilton audiences at next weekend's Waikato Winter Show.

Being held at the Waikato Events Center in Claudelands(April 30th-May2nd) Angela will sing four songs in each of her performances - an original she wrote herself The Girl In The Mirror, Thank You For The Music by ABBA, Angel a song written for her by Tony Strong and Kim Robertson, and the Beatles' Obladi-Oblada.

The young Singer/Songwriter appeared on the Paul Holmes Television show in February to chat about her love of music. The Waipahihi School student says she loves to sing, and when she watches famous singers and actors like Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne, and Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, becoming a Singer/Actress is something she is determined to achieve. " I began performing at about three years old just around home." said Angela.

"I have always loved singing because it makes people smile and it gives me a chance to be some one else, because I can act some of the songs. Everyone says I have a perfect pitch, and I don't have any trouble singing songs."

She said she was always nervous before a performance but as soon as she begins singing she forgets about it. Angela recently recorded a third song for her demo CD and wants to produce a 12 track record commercially. - Waikato Times. April 2005


"Angela sings up a storm"

by Heather Willan

A power cut was the catalyst for Taupo singing sensation Angela Steele's latest achievement - writing and recording her own song, The Girl In The Mirror.

"My Dad said 'You can write your own song.' and it was during a power cut." she says.

Angela not only wrote the lyrics but came up with the melody too. Tony Strong of Soundfarm NZ has produced it for her- the third track she has recorded with him. Angela is aiming to get ten tracks recorded and will continue with the studio work over winter.
How does studio recording compare with performing live?
"It's very different. There aren't lots of people staring at you. You've got a huge microphone and lots of 'now we'll do it again.. let's try it this way'."

Angela sang in front of her largest audience yet - a crowd of over 50,000 - at Balloons over Waikato in Hamilton last month.
Her acting is taking off too. Auckland talent agency Karen Kay Management has put Angela on its books.

Mom Jill Steele says they really vet their talent, especially if they're children. They will only take them on if it's what the child really wants to do. Angela has already landed a commercial for Sky TV.

"It was exciting but it was very tough because it was ten hours of hard work."

She says she will take a break over winter apart from going to Auckland as auditions come up, and busking occasionally in Taupo and Rotorua.

Angela says she would like a career that combines her love of singing and acting like that of teen singer/actor Hilary Duff. "I like her song 'Why Not'." she says.

Does she plan to write any more songs?
"We'll wait for another power cut." she jokes but says she has ideas for another song in her head, which she is toying with.
- Taupo Times


"Angela sings up a storm"

by Heather Willan

A power cut was the catalyst for Taupo singing sensation Angela Steele's latest achievement - writing and recording her own song, The Girl In The Mirror.

"My Dad said 'You can write your own song.' and it was during a power cut." she says.

Angela not only wrote the lyrics but came up with the melody too. Tony Strong of Soundfarm NZ has produced it for her- the third track she has recorded with him. Angela is aiming to get ten tracks recorded and will continue with the studio work over winter.
How does studio recording compare with performing live?
"It's very different. There aren't lots of people staring at you. You've got a huge microphone and lots of 'now we'll do it again.. let's try it this way'."

Angela sang in front of her largest audience yet - a crowd of over 50,000 - at Balloons over Waikato in Hamilton last month.
Her acting is taking off too. Auckland talent agency Karen Kay Management has put Angela on its books.

Mom Jill Steele says they really vet their talent, especially if they're children. They will only take them on if it's what the child really wants to do. Angela has already landed a commercial for Sky TV.

"It was exciting but it was very tough because it was ten hours of hard work."

She says she will take a break over winter apart from going to Auckland as auditions come up, and busking occasionally in Taupo and Rotorua.

Angela says she would like a career that combines her love of singing and acting like that of teen singer/actor Hilary Duff. "I like her song 'Why Not'." she says.

Does she plan to write any more songs?
"We'll wait for another power cut." she jokes but says she has ideas for another song in her head, which she is toying with.
- Taupo Times


"A family reunion will bring a budding star from New Zealand to St. Paul on Saturday"

by Pratik Joshi

Angela Steele, 8, is the neice of the late Lesley Johnson, a New Zealand native who owned The Flower Hut, a popular Rice St establishment credited with helping revitalize the neighborhood.

The young singer considers her Aunty Lesley, who sang as a youngster, to be her guardian angel.

Hailing from Taupo, south of Auckland, Angela first drew attention after performing in front of thousands at an outdoor concert in Hamilton. She recently wrote and recorded "The Girl in the Mirror"
Spotted by a teacher at school, Angela began singing publicly last year. "They say she is a natural." said her aunt Aileen Larsen.
Angela has announced her St. Paul visit at a site for independent artists as her first gig in the United States. She will sing informally at Aileen and Jack Larsen's home on the Fourth of July for family and friends. - Pioneer Press, Minnesota July 05


"A family reunion will bring a budding star from New Zealand to St. Paul on Saturday"

by Pratik Joshi

Angela Steele, 8, is the neice of the late Lesley Johnson, a New Zealand native who owned The Flower Hut, a popular Rice St establishment credited with helping revitalize the neighborhood.

The young singer considers her Aunty Lesley, who sang as a youngster, to be her guardian angel.

Hailing from Taupo, south of Auckland, Angela first drew attention after performing in front of thousands at an outdoor concert in Hamilton. She recently wrote and recorded "The Girl in the Mirror"
Spotted by a teacher at school, Angela began singing publicly last year. "They say she is a natural." said her aunt Aileen Larsen.
Angela has announced her St. Paul visit at a site for independent artists as her first gig in the United States. She will sing informally at Aileen and Jack Larsen's home on the Fourth of July for family and friends. - Pioneer Press, Minnesota July 05


"No rest for Angela"

Taupo singing sensation Angela Steele's star keeps rising.
The talented eight-year-old won a talent quest in St Paul, Minnesota, and will perform at the Coca Cola Christmas in the Park concert at the Auckland Domain in December.

Angela's family were on holiday in the United States when Angela decided to enter the Rice Street Festival Talent Contest held at the end of July.
"I found a talent show I could enter and I won first place." she said.

Angela competed against 44 other finalists of all ages in front of thousands of people to take out first place and win a medal.
Angela says another highlight was seeing Hilary Duff - one of her favorite singers - live in concert.

Mum Jill Steele says since that concert Angela has started to interact more with her audience while performing.

Angela had only been back a few days when she found out she was one of 25 finalists for the Coca Cola Childrens Choir, based on an audition tape she had sent in. Barely unpacked from the United States she had to head off the Auckland for the final audition.
"I had to perform live in front of the panel."
She only had half an hour to learn a song and dance routine before her audition. Angela obviously impressed the panel, because she was the youngest of the final 12 selected to perform in Decembers concert.
It's a big commitment- she will need to go up to Auckland every Friday from October for rehearsals.
Fortunately it won't clash with her role as the Truthful Elf in the next Proscenium Production.
In between everything else, she has done a little bit more recording and is working on writing two more songs.
The last song she wrote "Girl in the Mirror" won eight awards in the Pop category on the music website www.garageband.com including Best Female Vocals and Best Lyrics, for week ending June 13.
Girl in the Mirror was then voted Most Original Song Overall, which is across all of the Garageband.com categories, for the week ending June 20. - Taupo Times


"No rest for Angela"

Taupo singing sensation Angela Steele's star keeps rising.
The talented eight-year-old won a talent quest in St Paul, Minnesota, and will perform at the Coca Cola Christmas in the Park concert at the Auckland Domain in December.

Angela's family were on holiday in the United States when Angela decided to enter the Rice Street Festival Talent Contest held at the end of July.
"I found a talent show I could enter and I won first place." she said.

Angela competed against 44 other finalists of all ages in front of thousands of people to take out first place and win a medal.
Angela says another highlight was seeing Hilary Duff - one of her favorite singers - live in concert.

Mum Jill Steele says since that concert Angela has started to interact more with her audience while performing.

Angela had only been back a few days when she found out she was one of 25 finalists for the Coca Cola Childrens Choir, based on an audition tape she had sent in. Barely unpacked from the United States she had to head off the Auckland for the final audition.
"I had to perform live in front of the panel."
She only had half an hour to learn a song and dance routine before her audition. Angela obviously impressed the panel, because she was the youngest of the final 12 selected to perform in Decembers concert.
It's a big commitment- she will need to go up to Auckland every Friday from October for rehearsals.
Fortunately it won't clash with her role as the Truthful Elf in the next Proscenium Production.
In between everything else, she has done a little bit more recording and is working on writing two more songs.
The last song she wrote "Girl in the Mirror" won eight awards in the Pop category on the music website www.garageband.com including Best Female Vocals and Best Lyrics, for week ending June 13.
Girl in the Mirror was then voted Most Original Song Overall, which is across all of the Garageband.com categories, for the week ending June 20. - Taupo Times


"Angela tops at song writing"

The world continues to recognise Taupo eight-year-old Angela Steele's talent.

She has just been announced as a runner-up in the 2005 UK International Songwriting Contest, which is open to international artists and judged by music industry professionals.

About 14,000 people entered the competition across ten categories.
The UK Songwriting Contest was launched in 2002 in association with the BRIT Trust, which is the organisation behind the BRIT Awards, The United Kingdom's annual pop music awards - Taupo Times sept 05


"Angela tops at song writing"

The world continues to recognise Taupo eight-year-old Angela Steele's talent.

She has just been announced as a runner-up in the 2005 UK International Songwriting Contest, which is open to international artists and judged by music industry professionals.

About 14,000 people entered the competition across ten categories.
The UK Songwriting Contest was launched in 2002 in association with the BRIT Trust, which is the organisation behind the BRIT Awards, The United Kingdom's annual pop music awards - Taupo Times sept 05


"The Top 10 of 2005"

(excerpt)
The top 10 events in Taupo as published by the Taupo Times.

NUMBER 7
Young cultural achievers who hit the headlines throughout the year included ANGELA STEELE (Runner-up in the UK International Songwriting Contest)..... - Taupo Times


"The Top 10 of 2005"

(excerpt)
The top 10 events in Taupo as published by the Taupo Times.

NUMBER 7
Young cultural achievers who hit the headlines throughout the year included ANGELA STEELE (Runner-up in the UK International Songwriting Contest)..... - Taupo Times


"ISC International Songwriting Contest"

Dear Angela,

We are pleased to inform you that the song "Granny's Bones", which was entered into the Lyrics Only category, has advanced to the semi finals for the 2005 International Songwriting Competition.

We received almost 15,000 entries this year and want to congratulate you on
this achievement.


The 2005 finalists will be announced by the end of January, 2006, and winners will be announced in March, 2006.

Best wishes for a healthy and successful New Year.

Regards,
ISC

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International Songwriting Competition
211 Seventh Avenue North, Suite LL-20
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: 615.251.4441
Fax: 615.251.4442
songwritingcompetition.com
- ISC Nashville, TN


"ISC International Songwriting Contest"

Dear Angela,

We are pleased to inform you that the song "Granny's Bones", which was entered into the Lyrics Only category, has advanced to the semi finals for the 2005 International Songwriting Competition.

We received almost 15,000 entries this year and want to congratulate you on
this achievement.


The 2005 finalists will be announced by the end of January, 2006, and winners will be announced in March, 2006.

Best wishes for a healthy and successful New Year.

Regards,
ISC

--

International Songwriting Competition
211 Seventh Avenue North, Suite LL-20
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: 615.251.4441
Fax: 615.251.4442
songwritingcompetition.com
- ISC Nashville, TN


"North & South Magazine"

Dec 2006 edition

Christmas in the Park programmes are famed for their blend of well-knowns such as diva Tina Cross and Frankie Stevens, local favourites such as Christchurch Rock Chick Lissel Stewart and little rising stars such as 10 year old Angela Steele, who will perform her own song "Alphabet Rock".

(edited for space) - Jenny Chamberlain


"North & South Magazine"

Dec 2006 edition

Christmas in the Park programmes are famed for their blend of well-knowns such as diva Tina Cross and Frankie Stevens, local favourites such as Christchurch Rock Chick Lissel Stewart and little rising stars such as 10 year old Angela Steele, who will perform her own song "Alphabet Rock".

(edited for space) - Jenny Chamberlain


"Online Music Magazine"

http://www.stcroixmusic.com/?mod=showarticle&column_id=83&article=0 - StCroix Music


"Online Music Magazine"

http://www.stcroixmusic.com/?mod=showarticle&column_id=83&article=0 - StCroix Music


Discography

CD . "TEN"
1. Better be home soon (Neil Finn)
2. Me & Bobby Mcgee (F.Foster. K.Kristofferson)
3. Alphabet Rock (Angela Steele)
4. I live in a dream (R.McLaughlin)
5. Somebody Somewhere (Angela Steele/Jill Steele)
6. Mama won't let me (Angela Steele)
7. Girl in the Mirror (Angela Steele)
8. Let's Dance (Angela Steele)
9. Words (Gibb/B/M/R)
10 Angel ( K. Robertson/T.Strong)

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Bio

To be Runner-up in the 2005 BRITS UK International Songwriting Contest is an outstanding achievement. To repeat as a finalist in 2006 and fill the runner-up spot again in 2007 is positively amazing. When you do it as an 8, 9 and 10 year old then something truly special is happening.

This following excerpt from St Croix Music Magazine.........

You know, it’s always a pleasure to hear a young singing artist who is making a
splash and getting some attention. And this publication is always ready to spread the
word on these musical blossoms. But once in a great while there’s one that shows a
variety of abilities and attracts a brighter light to shine on them.

Now I’m not just talking about the extra effort given to those who also have the skills of dancing or acting. I’m referring to an individual who at a very early age shows the unique and respectable talent of being a composer. To me that is more important than only
showcasing your voice. Because I feel that creating something shows a much higher
level of talent than demonstrating an acquired musical ability.

Now if you combine the two you come up with an artist like Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, and Joni Mitchell.
These people grabbed their bulls by the horn and decided that they were going to
make a lifetime statement. And from my research, so does young Angela Steele.

Being from the beautiful country of New Zealand, Angela started to write and record
her own songs at the very young age of eight years old. When I first heard her two
years ago on Garageband, I wrote one of her signature reviews under the name of JJ
Rocks. That’s when I first heard her singing her original composition “Girl in the
Mirror”. Her voice had a tender and authentic texture like a vocalist that you would
hear in a musical and not like someone who was trying to be a Whitney Houston
sound alike. It was heart felt and sincere. Since then she has accomplished more than
many adults only dream about.

Angela Steele writes, sings and performs childrens songs. Her signature song “Alphabet Rock” (the Alphabet Backwards song) is finding it’s way into school playgrounds around the world.

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At eleven years old Angela already has a legion of fans.

See and hear her performances on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/a4angela or click the YouTube link below.

Her CD "10" i s available for digital distribution through your online Apple i-tunes store.

Angela's Film debut came in the 2007 Disney Film "Bridge to Teribithia." where she features in the School bus scenes.

Angela also appears in an Independent short film directed by Steven Chow, "The Memory Booth " which was a finalist in the 2007 NZ International Film Festival. Six films out of 150 entries made the final.

Angela co-starred in a 10 episode prime time TV series in 2006 "Top of the Class" where 6 Children paired up with 6 celebrities as their Mini-me's and they all attended a Hogwarts style old English school.

As well as Singing, Songwriting, Movies, Television and performing in front of thousands, Angela also managed to fit in a season of "Les Miserables" as Little Cosette to sellout audiences. What a year.

Without any formal voice training this 11 year old prodigy can sing beautifully AND write award winning songs AND perform in front of huge crowds AND act.

Angela still sings at hospitals and rest homes on a regular basis bringing joy to a very special and appreciative audience. Her beautiful voice, smile, and pleasant nature is gaining her a broad fan base and she is a great role model for "Tweenies" everywhere.

Angela's first CD, "10" is a self published collection of 7 original songs and 3 cover songs