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On Song to Beat Bullying

September 11, 2008

BULLIED schoolboy Andrew Johnston has had the last laugh at his tormentors by finishing his first album.

The Dumfries-born 13-year-old was signed up by Simon Cowell after he came third in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Audiences were won over both by the Scot’s voice and how he had overcome bullies who made his life a misery when they learned of his love of singing.

Andrew has now finished recording his album, One Voice.

The opening track Pie Jesu is the first piece he sang on the talent show.

The album also includes a string of classical and popular hits, including the John Lennon song Imagine and Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven.

Andrew said: “Those bullies do not bother me now. I have my own life and my own album.”

He was signed up to a dream six-figure record deal with Britain’s Got Talent judge and music mogul Simon Cowell.

Cowell’s SyCo Music snapped up the choirboy, who now lives in Carlisle.

The album is released on September 29.

And next week, Andrew and a full choir embark on a tour performing in cathedrals in Norway.

He added: “It’s going to be a crazy time, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Andrew’s mum Morag told how her son was grateful for the support of Daily Record readers who voted for him during the TV talent contest.

She said: “We appreciate all the goodwill and support of Record readers.”

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