Video: Britain’s Got Talent star Ronan Parke set to re-launch his career in Norwich

It may only be a year since Ronan Parke shot to stardom on Britain's Got Talent but Poringland's most famous son is already moving his career in a new direction.

The 13-year-old singing sensation finished as runner-up in the 2011 series of the popular TV talent show, having wowed millions with his version of Nina Simone's Feeling Good in his first audition.

Success has not immediately followed for Ronan though and he has decided to change his management and the style of his music – with a Norwich gig to launch his new sound.

The young pop star will be singing at Epic Studios, in Magdalen Street, on Friday, July 20 and will be performing his new single, We Are Shooting Stars.

The Framingham Earl High School pupil said: 'I'm so excited about the gig at Epic because I haven't done a big performance like this for ages now so I've really, really missed it.

'After BGT [Britain's Got Talent] it was so crazy and there was so much going on, I didn't have time to think.

'But now I've had quite a long period of time off and time to think about what I want to do, and it became very clear when I was not doing anything, I really missed it.

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'I missed going down to London, I missed recording music, missed seeing my fans and it made me realise I want to try new things.

'I've had a taste of the ups and the downs of the industry now, and the ups are so much better than the downs, so I can't chuck away a chance like this.'

Ronan's first, self-titled album reached number 22 in the UK charts but was largely made up of covers, including Vanessa Carlton's A Thousand Miles, which failed to make the top 40 singles chart.

He has now left Simon Cowell, pictured, and Sony's Syco label, joined A D Records and been working with producer Dave Pemberton, who has worked with the likes of Groove Armada, The Prodigy, Jamelia and Robyn.

After a rollercoaster first year in the music industry, the youngster is hopeful his new sound will bring him new success. He continued: 'Basically I decided I wanted to move in my own musical direction so I've got a new manager and I'm really happy with the work I've been doing with him and his company.

'With a Thousand Miles, I really liked it and it was recorded as it was a song I liked. The whole album of covers was because I had just got into the music industry and I was just excited to be recording an album. But now I don't want to go back to covers and I really like what we're doing, I just hope other people do as well.'

With more than a passing resemblence to global teenage pop star Justin Bieber, it could be said that Ronan is trying to become the 'British Bieber'.

Ronan added: 'If I was compared to the British Justin Bieber, that would be amazing. My new music is very poppy but it's got a certain edge to it that I think is totally different to anything else that is out there at the moment. I really like it.

'I have been song-writing a bit myself as well, so that's exciting, and that's what it's like with my new management, they make me feel extremely confident about absolutely everything.'

Ronan's new single is now available for pre-order on iTunes and he will also be holding a live 'webchat' for his fans at 7pm on the night of his Epic Studios gig, using Twitcam and his @RonanParke Twitter account, which has over 80,000 followers.

Tickets for the gig are �10 for adults and �8 for under-16s and are available from, with joint adult and child tickets priced at �15.

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