SHE bagged herself a record deal at just 15 ... and now her voice will be heard across Europe.
Schoolgirl singer Katie Glaister has been selected to record a track for a Portuguese children's TV programme.
After meeting producers of the programme Zoom, Katie was asked to create a song for the show, which will be aired in Europe.
"I was really happy to be asked," said the St Bedes Pupil, of Wingate, County Durham. "I love to sing so I grab any chance I get with both hands.
"I just can't believe people in other countries are going to be hearing my voice."
Although Katie has been chosen to record the song, she is still focusing on her singing career here in the UK.
This year, she has won a place in the finals of Teen Star, in Newcastle, and if she wins the competition she will perform in front of thousands of people at the O2 Arena in London.
She said: "I'm really looking forward to the competition and it's going to be a really good experience.
I just hope I can get down to the final in London and perform with other people across the country."
Katie started singing when she was just nine years old. After blowing her music teacher away with her unique and powerful vocals, she was quickly signed up by North music agency Beverley Artistes North East.
And just last year she was signed to Starfighter Records.
Katie, who plays the guitar and Irish whistle, has become a hit on YouTube after uploading several of her music videos to the site.
Her singing teacher Helena Davison Webber certainly thinks she could rival successful American artists.
Helena said she realised Katie's "exceptional talent" after just four lessons and sees a bright future ahead. She said: "Katie is a lovely young girl with a brilliant future and an astonishing voice."
Katie was born in Thailand, and her mum still lives there. Her biggest achievement so far was hitting the stage at last month's Stockton International Riverside Festival.
She said: "I've never sung in front of a crowd that big before and I was really nervous to start with, but as soon as I got into it I was fine. I just want to do the whole thing again."
Her dad Ronnie, 53, a former mechanical engineer, added: "She just brought the house down. I was just so proud."
"I love to sing so I grab any " chance I get with both hands
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