CHART-TOPPING singer Duffy recorded and performed music written by a Chester songwriter.
The 60s-styled Welsh singer, real name Aimee Ann Duffy, recorded songwriter Lucia Cordaro’s I Melt after hearing it in a friend’s dining room.
Lucia, 31, of Weston Grove, Upton, said: “I met Duffy in 2004. She was in Alexanders, just through hearing her voice I thought she was always going to do well.
“I remember speaking to her after the performance, I said I was a song writer and doing a course. I actually tried to get her on it but they couldn’t accommodate an extra person.
“About two months later a friend on the course, David Burton, recorded and produced her doing one of my songs in his studio.
“She asked if she could sing I Melt and make a recording after hearing it on his computer.
“The next time I saw her I heard her practising singing in the toilets at Alexanders, I realised it was my song, and she performed it that night. She’s so gifted.”
Duffy, 23, who has been at number one for three weeks with hit single Mercy, recorded Lucia’s song with Chester band The Invisible Wires.
Lead singer and guitarist David Burton, 28, said: “I met Aimee Duffy at Telford’s Warehouse when she was doing an acoustic night and was blown away.
“I went up and talked to her, we got chatting and she came to record a few songs.”
The Chronicle revealed that Duffy was a former waitress at bistro Chez Jules and was a student at Chester University.
Lucia added: “At the moment I want to work with more artists and develop my music. It would be wonderful if Duffy’s record company were interested in her performing the song now.
“When you come across somebody and see such talent and enthusiasm – having someone that talented coming to me and asking if they can record my song, it’s very surreal.”
Lucia, who completed a songwriting course at Upton High School, recently had I Melt published by Scamp Music.