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John Phillips , Senior Reporter
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Mobo winner Lemar rocked the stage as he closed the last Dagenham Town Show this evening.
The soul singer gave an uplifting note to the 60th show as he performed his new single Invincible in front of fans in Central Park.
Earlier, Britain’s Got Talent star Molly Rainford enthralled the crowd with a powerful rendition of Adele’s One And Only and ended her set with one of her favourite songs, Ave Maria.
The town show, held for the last time after six decades, was as usual packed with stunts, rides and of course tribute acts.
Among them were Cold Place, who performed spirited versions of Coldplay hits like Yellow.
In an interview with the Post, Molly, 11, revealed she may move this autumn to the Sylvia Young Theatre School in central London, which has been attended by All Saints star Natalie Appleton, Billie Piper and Amy Winehouse.
The Manor Junior pupil added she had started to write songs and was learning to play the piano.
Her mum Sarah, 40, confirmed they were in talks with Sony to sign a record deal, amid media reports a debut album could hit the shelves before Christmas.
Molly, of Barking, said: “I’d like to be as big as Beyonce. She’s one of my idols.
“I feel my voice ranges are expanding. I can go down lower now.
“I’ve have started to learn the piano. Maybe I’d like to go into song-writing.
“When I was little I used to have a bit of stage fright but doing shows has helped me to spike my confidence.”
Meanwhile, Lemar told the Post his fifth studio album, due out in September, would be called like his new single Invincible.
The soul singer spent the last 18 months reappraising his music and travelling the world with stops in LA, France and Denmark.
Lemar, 34, said: “After a while you run out of ways to say ‘I love you’. When you step back, you can go a bit deeper.
“I’ve tried to push the music with the guitar and the piano. I’ve tried to put a different slant on songs. There are rock elements and soul elements.
“I wanted to go for the name Invincible, get uplifting, it shows a different side to me.”