Sunderland teenage singer in line for female version of Busted

Sunderland musician Bex Lapping from Hylton Castle.
Sunderland musician Bex Lapping from Hylton Castle.
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A TEENAGE singer is hoping it will be boom not busted when she auditions for the job of a lifetime.

Bex Lapping is set to perform for two music industry professionals who want to form a female version of the band Busted, on Thursday, June 13.

The Hylton Castle 18-year-old, whose musical inspiration comes from alternative rock music and bands such as 30 Seconds to Mars and Snow Patrol, will join 19 hopefuls at Chase Bar, Newcastle, to sing for talent agency owner Dean Midas Maynard and songwriting producer John McLaughlin, who has written for Westlife, Five and Busted.

“Music is my passion,” said Bex, whose artist name is BEX!.

“I would love a career as a singer songwriter.

“I’ve been taking it seriously for a few years now, and had a bad experience at a previous audition but when this opportunity came along it sounded so good I wanted to go for it.”

The former Whitburn Academy pupil has been singing since she was a child, and moulding her music career for the last four years.

The pianist and guitarist has just completed a music A-level, and is due to launch an EP in the coming months.

The opportunity to perform professionally, she says, is a dream come true.

“I’m quite eccentric and in the past I was told I’d get a place in a band if I changed my hair and lost some weight,” said Bex, whose parents Kirsten, 41, and Kevin Lapping, 44, support her musical ambitions.

“But I don’t want to do that and when I spoke to Dean and applied to audition he seemed quite accepting and keen to have some different people in the band.

“I’m really excited to audition and both my parents are behind me 100 per cent.”

Dean, a television reviewer who has worked on X Factor and is currently working with former pop star Sinitta, said he thinks there is a gap in the market for a Busted-style girl band.

The boy band trio had hits in the last decade including What I Go to School For, Crashed the Wedding and Year 3000.

“I think there is a gap for a new band like Busted in the market, and especially a girl band like that,” said Dean, who is working with John McLoughlin, who formed Busted, to put the band together.

“I wouldn’t want to say anything prematurely but we know John will write good songs so it could be a big success.

“It’s just about finding the right girls now.”

l To get yourself an audition opportunity on June 13, email