DESPITE her tender age of just 15, singer-songwriter Phoebe Reynolds is not your average Cornish schoolgirl.
The Truro High School student, who lives in Mitchell, started playing guitar at the age of 7 and has now received the backing of some of the biggest names in the music industry.
She has worked with Jud Mahoney and John McLaughlin (who have both worked with huge names, including Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Calvin Harris and Justin Timberlake) on her new double Aside release.
Citing Eva Cassidy and Taylor Swift among her biggest influences, Phoebe's sound is a fresh new twist on the acousticfolk-pop genre that has become increasingly popular recently.
Fresh from John McLaughlin's studio, Phoebe is ready to release her new single A Little Rain First / Elizabeth.
She said: I have a really good guitar teacher at school, Mr Graham, who inspired me to write songs. I wanted to write about something truthful that meant a lot to me.
Despite her age, Phoebe has learnt to find inspiration in even the darkest of situations. After her father left the family when she was 13, Phoebe found herself in the depths of depression.
For months on end it seemed to those around her she was lost to them, but thanks to her passion for music and feisty personality, Phoebe began to channel her feelings into composing which has led her to where she is today.
Her mum Jo said: She would spend hours in tears. Music took her up and out of her depression; it was her life raft.
As well as A Little Rain First, about her then crush who's now her boyfriend, the single's other AA side is Elizabeth.
Written about a close friend of hers, the song tells the story of a girl who loses her mother to cancer at the tender age of 5. Phoebe's entry into the music industry happened by chance.
Jo added: My partner was talking to Pete Bassett of Quite Great management about something else entirely. He mentioned to Pete about Phoebe and when he heard her play acoustic guitar he was immediately interested in working with her. She then recorded the two songs with Jud and John in Scotland.
Despite mentions in the music press and winning Truro High School's talent show, Phoebe hasn't actually told any of her friends or teachers about her music deal.
I suppose I should let them know now, she added.
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