Coventry College Star has the X-Factor.
A talented young singer from Coventry is setting off on the next step of her journey after securing a place at a top music school.
Rachel Oshakuade, originally from County Louth in Ireland, moved to the city two years ago and began crafting her unique talent on the College’s Level 3 Musical Theatre course.
Inspired by jazz and gospel music, Rachel, 18, has grown as a performer through the course and, after a successful audition, is now ready to set off to the award-winning Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) in the capital.
She is hoping to forge a career as a singer, songwriter and performer, with three years at the famous music school ahead of her starting in September.
She said: “I am very proud of my time at Coventry College and would like to thank everyone I have worked with for making my time here so enjoyable and rewarding.
“I have learned so much and been given so many opportunities, it has really boosted my confidence as a performer.
“Over the next few years I would like to expand my horizons as a songwriter, working with other artists and taking advantage of any opportunities that come my way.
“I already play the piano and the guitar, so I would like to pick up a few more instruments while at ICMP.
“I am so grateful to be given an opportunity like this.”
Rachel has performed in choirs since a young age and taken part in numerous performances at school and college, with the Coventry College musical theatre group set to perform Little Shop of Horrors between 8th – 10th May.
Laura Johnson, Programme Manager for Creative & Performing Arts, said: “Rachel has been such an incredible student to teach.
“Her ambition and focus make her a great role model for other students and her success proves that these qualities can take you where you want to go.
“We were all crossing our fingers when she went for the audition, we had helped her with booking trains and finding the venue so when we found out how well it went, we were delighted.”
The College will host its next performing arts open day on April 2nd – for more information on courses or upcoming shows, email [email protected].