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Teenager With High-Profile Admirers Gets Virgin Records Deal

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A young performer who once opened for Elton has signed a long-term recording agreement with Virgin Records.

Ron Fair, the company's Chief Creative Officer and Executive Vice President, says, "Tallia Storm is a one-in-a-zillion talent and an extraordinary 15 year old well beyond her years. Her soulful vocals come from a deep place combined with her great melodic gift, beauty and intellect. Virgin Records is thrilled she is joining our roster."

Upon signing her agreement in Hollywood's iconic Capitol Records tower, Tallia exclaimed, "I am over the moon to have signed with Virgin!"

Storm began singing in her native Scotland at age 11, having been influenced by her father Sascha Hartmann – a musician with deep roots in jazz and soul. She was propelled to international recognition after a chance encounter with Elton's partner David Furnish, while on holiday with her family in 2011. David gave her demo CD to Elton, who ended up phoning Tallia 24 hours later to invite her to open his sold-out concert date at Scotland's Falkirk Football Stadium. Sir Elton said, "I was very impressed with the maturity of her voice – I think she has a great singing future ahead."

Tallia has already performed at dozens of events spanning the globe, from Los Angeles to London and Madrid to New York, where she was invited by Nile Rodgers to sing and perform at TEDxTeen.

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