A talented young mum who sang live for the first time at her daughter’s funeral is hoping to turn tragedy to triumph by making it big in the music world.
Charlene Taylor, 26, only performed professionally for the first time in February this year at the funeral for severely disabled daughter Summer, who died from bronchial pneumonia at just three and a half years old.
But since the tragedy in February, she has thrown herself into pursuing a full-time singing career and has already recorded a string of cover versions and music videos in a bid to hit the big time.
She said: “I’ve always enjoyed singing and when Summer died, I wanted to do something really special for her last day and I decided that I had to sing live in church for her.
“Standing up in front of everyone took some guts but afterwards, everyone was coming up to me, praising me and telling me how well I had done and I should take up singing professionally.”
And so Charlene, 26, was put in touch with Foundry Studios, a professional recording studio in West Yorkshire where she has since laid down several tracks and produced videos which are available to watch and listen to on YouTube.
She added: “I always wanted to do more with my singing but never really had the confidence in myself to do it. Since I’ve been going to the studios, I have been really building up and enjoying it.
“It makes me happy and I really want to get a professional recording contract and see where it will take me. Everyone has been very, very supportive and I am loving every minute of it.”
Charlene, who has another young son Callum, even returned to the scene of Summer’s funeral, Doncaster Minster, to film a clip for her touching cover of Gabrielle Aplin’s version of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood classic The Power Of Love.
She added: “I really want to show people what I can do and what I am capable of.
“I’ve even started writing my own songs and I’m hoping to record those next. I want to make Summer proud of me and I think she would be very proud of what I’ve done.”