TWo talented Leeds teenagers are through the regional finals of a competition to find the next stars of the charts.
Brother and sister Jekeeme and Dudley Dixon, who perform as New Vybz, are to appear at the Teen Star contest in Manchester in March.
The self-taught pair from Pudsey have already built up a following for their music, which features vocals by 14-year-old Jekeeme and rapping by Dudley.
The 17-year-old faced struggles at school as he suffers from Auditory Processing Disorder, which makes it difficult for him to concentrate and understand information.
Mum Joanne said: “APD does not affect appearance nor intelligence and because of this he came across as an unruly child, when in fact he was the opposite.”
Now Dudley is doing well studying TV and film production at Leeds City College, while he has also compered events for Breeze Leeds, which he and Jekeeme have been involved with.
Mrs Dixon said she was very proud of the pair: “They’ve worked so hard. They are just totally dedicated to it.”
Teen Star aims to find the UK’s best teen artists and the duo are hoping to win support from the judges and audience at the event on March 16.
A coach is being organised to take supporters from Leeds to the showcase in Manchester.