A TALENTED young musician has released a single for charity after seeing an advert in the Echo.

Ukulele player Chantelle Pasquale, 19, of Harvest Road, Canvey, is celebrating the release of her first song on iTunes after generously agreeing all proceeds will be awarded to the charity Tunes for Treatment.

Her single has been released as part of an album of the same name to raise vital funds for the leukaemia unit at St Barts hospital.

The youngster, who is studying TV production and media at South East Essex College, wrote the song, called Irruptions, in secondary school.

Chantelle said: “I saw an advert in the Echo asking for musicians to contribute to the album to help raise money for the hospital and I just thought it was such a great idea.

“This is the first song I ever wrote and now it is dedicated entirely to this charity.

“It feels so good to be able to help people. Not only am I getting my name out there, but all the money will be used for treating patients, which is fantastic.”

Self-taught Chantelle, who only started playing the ukulele three years ago, will be also taking centre stage at the Canvey Christmas light switch-on event next month.

She said: “I’m really excited about the Christmas event. I’ll be singing a couple of my own songs and some covers. I just want to show Canvey what I’m made of.

“All I want is to be a professional singer and hopefully this is a step in the right direction for me.”

The album, which comprises 15 songs by unsigned artists, can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.