Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Elton Signs 13-year-old Schoolgirl as Support Act
Tallia, from Killearn, Stirlingshire, landed the gig after bumping into Sir Elton’s partner David Furnish on holiday and asking him to pass on a letter and a copy of her CD. The following day he contacted her and told her that she has one of the most exciting vocal signatures he had heard in years. Tallia said: “It was one of the most surreal experiences in my life when Sir Elton called my mobile. “I really didn’t know what to say at first but he was so excited about my music and said he thought my signature was incredible. He was just so nice, warm and totally down to earth. "We spoke a few times and then he called my mum that night to explain what he had in mind. I don’t actually think I will take it all in until I am standing on his stage at Falkirk – someone will have to pinch me for sure.”
Tallia – real name Natalya Storm Hartmann – has performed at a host of high-profile events and radio roadshows. Her hopes of a glittering career were boosted by her father, Sascha Hartmann, 40, who runs Glasgow Animation with her mum, Tessa, 39, who founded the Scottish Fashion Awards and also runs a public relations and events firm.