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Grammy award winner pays special visit to young Houghton fan

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A GRAMMY award-winning singer jazzed up a schoolgirl’s day when he performed at her school.

Cele Nelson was thrilled when her idol, Gregory Porter, went along to sing for her and her friends at Woodlea Primary School in Houghton.

Fresh from picking up a Grammy for Best Vocal Jazz Album, the American took time out of his world tour to go along to the County Durham school when he heard Cele was disappointed she couldn’t see him in concert.

The seven-year-old’s mum, Lorraine Martin, 31, is a huge fan of the singer, which has rubbed off on her daughter.

She said: “I was going to his concert in Newcastle, but because it was in a nightclub, Cele couldn’t go.

“She was so disappointed she kept asking me all the time if she could go. In the end I just said I would email him and ask if he would like to come to the school and sing.

“I never for one minute thought I would get a reply, I couldn’t believe it when he said he would actually come to the school.”

Cele said: “I am really happy now.”

Gregory, who had been travelling since 4am to get to the region, said he was happy to do the impromptu concert.

He said: “When I got the email I thought it was very sweet and I really wanted to do it. You can’t do every request you get, but I thought I could do this one.

“I don’t know if the kids enjoyed it, but I really got a lot out of it being able to sing for them.”

The Brooklyn-based singer said winning his recent Grammy was fantastic and was validation of his style and work.

He joked: “I’m busy looking for a really nice shelf to put it on.”

Woodlea Primary School is celebrating its centenary year and gave Gregory an anniversary tea towel with all the children’s names on as a reminder of his visit.

Philip Adamson, headteacher at the school, said: “For us to get a visit from a Grammy award winning singer during our centenary year celebrations is just tremendous, it’s fantastic.”

 

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