BRITAIN’S Got Talent winner Jamie Lambert is looking forward to a bright 2015 after returning to his roots.
The 25-year-old shot to stardom when his classical boyband Collabro were crowned champions of Britain’s Got Talent, in June.
Since then, Jamie, from Rickleton, Washington, and his bandmates Michael Auger, Richard Hadfield, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J Redgrave have sung at the Royal Variety Performance and seen their debut album, Stars, soar to No.1 in the charts and reach gold status.
Now, Jamie and the band are set to tour the country, release a book, work on a second album, and plan to musically conquer the world.
It’s a world of change for Jamie, who previously worked in a hospital supplies department.
Jamie said: “It’s fair to say that 2014 was the craziest year of my life.
“I went from auditioning for shows in London, where I’d been for a year after I left the North East, to suddenly being shipped around the world and being on a national talent competition and it was a fantastic year.
“In many ways, even though it’s a cliché to say, it’s been a dream come true.
“I’d always wanted it and anybody who knows me or has seen me performing in the borough, will know that I’ve always wanted to do something with musical theatre and singing, and to be doing it as a career is an amazing thing.”
“It was an incredible year and we’ve just found out that we’re in the top 40 best-selling albums of 2014, which is incredible.
“We’ve sold more than 200,000 copies in the UK alone, so we’re really, really pleased.
“It’s just a list of achievements as long as my arm have come within six months and it’s been hectic and busy and absolutely fantastic.
“We’ve got the tour coming up now, we’re coming to Newcastle City Hall, and it’s a full UK tour that is pretty much sold out, which is amazing.
“We’ve got a book coming out in March called Our Story, which is our individual stories, so that’ll be an interesting thing for people in the borough to read.
“There’s a lot of things coming up. We’re in talks for our second album, we’ve had a few demos made, and we’re hoping to go international, to America and Australia and other places.
“We were in Hong Kong last year and we charted in a few countries in Asia and it’s just weird to think that people over there bought our album.”
Jamie was back at South Tyneside District Hospital yesterday meeting up with former work colleagues.
Jamie, whose mum Lorraine is South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, said: “It’s been brilliant. I worked here on and off for six years and the last year I was here for 10 months, and I absolutely love it.
“I worked really hard and I love this hospital and I think people in this borough are incredibly lucky to have such a fantastic NHS on our doorstep.
“In a time when people are constantly criticising the NHS and people are trying to shut it down, I think it’s important to remember that we’ve got a fantastic community hospital here, where people can be treated for free and not have to travel far, and I think that’s a really special thing.
“Coming back, it’s like a big family, and everyone here knows each other, since it’s quite a small hospital.
“It’s special to be back here because I spent so much time here, and a bit surreal. I don’t feel like Jamie from Collabro here, I feel like Jamie from supplies.”
Jamie is performing at Newcastle City Hall with Collabro and special guest Lucy Kay on Thursday, February 26.
Tickets cost from £21.50. To book, go to newcastlecityhall.org or call 277 8030.