Steps to stardom for Natasha Haws with Bunkeruk records

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SOUTH Shields musician Natasha Haws is hoping a Sunderland-based record label can set her on the road to stardom.

The singer songwriter, who balances her sardonic with achingly-moving performances, has signed to bunkeruk records and is releasing her debut EP on May 14.

Despite the fact she’s only been writing and performing for less than a year, the 17-year-old is already earning her stripes on the local music circuit.

BBC6’s Tom Robinson is among those championing her sound after she impressed him at last September’s Split Transmission event.

Natasha, who describes herself as a “fingerpicky, sarcastic ear-pleaser”, was chosen from more than 300 acts who entered to perform in front of an industry panel at the event – and wowed despite it being her third-ever gig.

She will celebrate her EP launch with a series of live gigs including playing Sunderland Minster on May 12.

The talented teen has also been invited to play North Yorkshire’s Willowman Festival on June 22.

Recorded and produced by Detroit Social Club’s Dave Burn, Natasha’s EP opens with Stepping Stone, a re-worked version of the original track which introduced Natasha to the North East music scene with a bang.

The EP also features Happiness, a surprisingly-uplifting musical thesis on depression, and catchy number Stranger.

The Sunderland Minster gig will include support from local acts Reckoner and Arbeia. An after party will be held at The Little Room, Independent, on Holmeside, with guest DJs The Futureheads and Lilliput.

l Tickets are £6 and are available from The Bunker and Hot Rats, both of which are on Stockton Road, Sunderland.

l Natasha’s debut EP is also available to pre-order from http://natashahaws.bandcamp.com/