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Fry's Twitter lift for singer, 16

Nia Roberts busking for a cancer charity
Nia Roberts has seen interest in her music soar after Stephen Fry's 'tweet'

A schoolgirl singer-songwriter has seen the online interest in her work soar after actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry praised it on Twitter.

Nia Roberts, 16, from Llandudno, Conwy, has seen plays of her songs on her MySpace site jump from 900 to 18,000.

The sixth-form pupil asked a friend who knows Fry, who has 832,000 fans on Twitter, to put in a word for her.

She said: "He said he would only do it if my music was to his taste - lucky for me it was!"

Nia has watched the counter on her own online site race away since her friend, Ronnie Rowlands, who is a year above her in school, contacted Fry and asked him to tweet on Twitter about her.

She said: "It's great to know that he is a fan and likes my songs."

Fry wrote: "Astonishing how many talented people there are in the world. Was randomly listening to @sunrise0sunset - become rather hooked on her songs."

One Fry follower commented: "Just checked sunrise sunset out as suggested... Splendid!"

Nia Roberts singing
I want people to listen to my music and take something from it
Nia Roberts

Another said: "Good old Stephen Fry. Sunrise Sunset (MySpace) are best sound I've heard in ages."

Teenager Nia has played the guitar for eight years and began writing her own songs about two years ago.

She said: "I like to story-tell in my songwriting. A lot of literature and film inspires me as well, as well as real-life situations."

She lists her influences as Bob Dylan, Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith, Amy Winehouse and Johnny Cash.


Her next target is to make an EP and said she was keen to turn her passion into a career.

"I want to go all the way, all the way possible. I want to do lots of gigs and tours. I want people to listen to my music and take something from it."

She has also put her talent to good causes, raising £300 for cancer research by busking for four hours on Parc Llandudno retail park.

She balances her music work with studying economics, English language, history and French A-level at Ysgol John Bright.

School business manager Becky Davies said the teenager had played a number of concerts there, adding: "We already knew we had a wonderful talent on our hands.

"She's a great ambassador for the school. She's obviously going to go places."

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