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Introducing... Ms Scarlet
Nottingham grime singer Ms Scarlet
Ms Scarlet has toured with both Romeo and Chipmunk

Nottingham's Ms Scarlet wants to record a top 40 hit with her "sexual health" song, Lets Get Physical.

The singer and MC, who has toured with Ms Dynamite, Lisa Mafia and the So Solid Crew, said her single is about "empowering women".

Ms Scarlet was inspired to write and perform by Raw Talent, a community based organisation set up to get young people off the streets.

Lets Get Physical is released on Monday, 25 January, 2010.

Ms Scarlet said: "It's all about empowering women and letting them know that they don't have to have sex, but if they are going to, to have the confidence to tell the guy to put a condom on."

Speaking from experience

Ms Scarlet, real name Sarah Carroll, knows all about unprotected sex. As a 16-year-old living in St Ann's she fell pregnant.

She kept the baby and juggles her music career with raising the child.

The 24-year-old is a sexual health worker at the Victoria Sexual Health Centre in Glasshouse Street. She hopes talking about her own experience will stop other girls becoming pregnant at a young age.

Saying it with song

The artist grew up listening to Whitney Houston and Mary J Blige.

Raw Talent gave her the skills to perform live. She said: "They helped me learn how to write and get my mind focused.

"My style is very eclectic. I sing and I MC. I'm an all round performer."

Her work with Raw Talent led to a three week national tour with a whole host of big R 'n' B names. This gave her the confidence to succeed.

"I could see myself with a full live band and doing big stadiums all over the place."

Ms Scarlet was a guest of BBC Radio Nottingham's The Beat with Dean Jackson. You can listen to the show every Saturday night from 6.00pm - 10.00pm (103.8, 95.5fm, 1584am and DAB digital radio).

Listen to the latest edition of The Beat on the BBC iPlayer.


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