Debut single soars for Lancashire singer-songwriter

Sharon Tembo, who is about to release her debut single Running
Sharon Tembo, who is about to release her debut single Running

A singer-songwriter who cut her teeth performing at Leyland open mic nights has seen her debut single soar to the top of the charts.

Running by Sharon Tembo, who studied at Runshaw College, topped the iTunes gospel and Christian charts on the first day it was released.

Sharon, 20, said: “I was shocked A lot of people have been enjoying it and I’ve been contacted by a few places asking me to perform.”

The track explores Sharon’s feelings of faith and thankfulness after a burst of inspiration enabled her to break out of a period of writing block and pen the dozen songs which will make up her forthcoming debut album.

She said: “I’ve always wanted to write music, but when I tried to do something like the generic songs you hear on the radio, it never worked for me.

“I spent all of my last summer holiday trying to write songs, then right at the end of the four month break, I asked God to help me write something meaningful, then I wrote a whole album in a week.”

Sharon’s dad helped her secure a recording deal at Chapel Studios in Wimbledon.

Sharon, who is currently juggling music around her final year of studying biomedical science at De Montford University in Leicester, says stepping into a professional studio for the first time was a daunting but thrilling experience.

She said: “At first the studio was quite intimidating but when the producer heard my song he was really excited.

“He’s worked with people like Sting, Eric Clapton and Britney Spears so it was great he liked my song so much.

Sharon has competed in talent contests as well as many musical events hosted by Runshaw College.

She said: “In my first year nobody really knew I could sing, but then in my second year Runshaw started putting on open mic nights. People couldn’t get enough and I was performing on each occasion.”