LITTLE Sutton singer Laura Critchley is following in the footsteps of country music mega-stars Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.
The 23-year-old budding pop star is heading to Nashville, USA for a month.
Laura said: “I’ll be working with some top songwriters, Desmond Child being one of them. He has collaborated with people from Bon Jovi to Kelly Clarkson and Cher.
“I will be writing for the second album in the UK and the first album that I'll put out in America.
“I am really excited. I'll be out there with my American manager for a month and can’t wait.
“Then I'll be coming back to Britain to launch into the release of Getting Over You, the song I wrote with Steve Booker who co-wrote Duffy’s song Mercy, and for the re-release of my first album.”
Laura has also been hanging out with some more celebrity mates after she finished supporting Boyzone on national tour.
She explained: “On the tour I became a friend of Justin Lee Collins and Alan Carr when they joined us for their Channel 4 show The Sunday Night Project in Glasgow.
“I was later invited as Justin's guest to watch the show being filmed.”
She was also asked by the president of CMP Entertainment, Chas Cole, to join a long list of singers at the first Beatles Day Concert in Liverpool.
“It was an absolute honour to be asked as I performed alongside the Quarrymen, Ian McNabb, Swinging Blue Jeans, Merseybeats, and Mike Pender from the Searchers.
“I was even more taken aback when I realised who was presenting it – Ricky Tomlinson, a legend in my eyes! He was lovely,” she added.