Talent contest win gives Josh a stage
TALENTED Josh Frost didn't realise he had the voice of an angel until he had a go on a Playstation singing game two years ago – now he's gearing up to emulate his musical hero Alfie Boe.
Josh, aged 11, has just won the junior title at Saltash's Got Talent, and is booked for a series of high-profile public performances in Plymouth and beyond.
Not bad considering the schoolboy, from Plymstock, only started singing in 2009 after wowing his family when he sang along to a karaoke game.
"We realised he had a great voice," said mum Becky Frost.
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Josh was quickly signed to singing lessons and enrolled at the Plym Kids theatre group where he was soon playing a leading role in the musical comedy Honk.
Now Josh is an award-winner, planning his first CD and building a fanbase.
He's also applied for the next series of Britain's Got Talent, which is appropriate as he triumphed in the Saltash version.
Josh, who only sings show tunes and classical numbers, impressed judges at the Devonport Playhouse with his take on Hushabye Mountain, from the stage hit Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Following this triumph the youngster has been booked to entertain at various festive occasions.
He will perform at the opening of the Santa's grotto, by the piazza's ice rink, in the city centre on November 17.
On December 1 he will sing at Frankfort Gate's lights switch-on, and two days later do the same thing at Saltash's version.
Josh, who goes to Plymstock School, is also the entertainment at the Adoption Agency Families for Children awards ceremony, in Ashburton, on November 11.
Mrs Frost, who runs Plymstock's Frosted Cup Cakes, said winning the Saltash award has "upped Josh's profile".
She said: "A lot of people at the show asked if he had a CD. He has a singing coach and is being put in contact with recording studios."
At his forthcoming shows Josh is likely to sing his favourite song from his favourite musical: Bring Him Home from Les Misérables.
Mrs Frost said Josh even got to meet famous tenor Alfie Boe, who plays Les Mis hero Jean Valjean, outside London's Queens Theatre, when he saw the show in August.
"Alfie is Josh's role model," she said. "Whether Josh continues with his singing is a choice for him to make, but I'd like him to continue."