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PUBLISHED: 17:17 26 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:32 24 August 2010

Soulful: Salena Mastroianni

Soulful: Salena Mastroianni

by Andy McCorkell Soulful, arty, beautiful and fashion savvy. It reads like a signpost upon a road which those celebrated few travel, but such is the energetic ambition and impressive drive of Salena Mastroianni. Salena, 23, a self confes

by Andy McCorkell

Soulful, arty, beautiful and fashion savvy. It reads like a signpost upon a road which those celebrated few travel, but such is the energetic ambition and impressive drive of Salena Mastroianni.

Salena, 23, a self confessed soul lover who lives near Richmond, returns to an open mic session in Kilburn High Road tonight, after raising the roof last month when she sang beautifully in front of a baying crowd that cried out for more.

It was hard to not notice her gorgeous vocals and expressive voice that reverberated with emotional honesty and natural flair.

She sang backing vocals to one song, before joining a jazzy R&B duet and ending her set with emotional ballad that she wrote herself entitled Stop Running.

Salena said: "I like to have an energy on stage. When I sing I like to mean the things that I sing. I have to feel it - I can't just get up and sing something that doesn't really come from within me, otherwise it is just pointless.

"I've been singing the whole of my life, during school I was in choirs and was always selected to do solos."

And her glamourous looks are no accident - she's a trained fashionista who has watched models strutting down the catwalk in her collections, and in her spare moments she is designing womenswear for Harvey Nicks and Selfridges.

She said: "I think I can juggle the two, because fashion comes with singing, but my heart really lies with music."

Her determination has steeled her nerves for stage performances and has provided the focus in life she has been searching for.

She said: "I used to get so nervous, with butterflies and a sick feeling before I had a few glasses of wine and got up.

"But now, because I am loving performing, I have really got passed it. I just sit myself down in a chair and tell myself that I can do it: positive thinking.

"I am a strong believer in the idea that you attract what the outcome is. If you think positively you attract positive things.

"I believe firmly in 'the secret.' It's basically the law of attraction, meaning whatever you think you will get.

"My goals are small right now. I'd love to have an album done. I am writing as much as I can and I am doing a lot of demos so I can present them to people who might be interested in signing me.

"My main goal throughout my life is just to grow as a person and to achieve everything to the best of my ability."

Salena, a vocal diploma student at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (www.icmp.co.uk) in Dyne Road, sings tonight at the ICMP open mic at Powers Bar, Kilburn High Road which kicks off around 8pm.

andrew.mccorkell@archant.co.uk

andrew.mccorkell@archant.co.uk


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