You really got me, says Kinks' Ray Davies, as Leicestershire singer wins recording competition
A singer has won the chance to record under the guidance of one of rock music's all-time greats.
Pamella Moo submitted her cover version of The Kinks' hit Sunny Afternoon for a competition on a music website.
It has earned her to chance to record the song at the band's studios, where she will meet The Kinks frontman Ray Davies and drummer Mick Avory.
Pamella, of Thorpe Astley, said: "I didn't believe it at first. Then I thought wow, it's such a great opportunity.
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"I took part in an X Factor-style singing contest at the Oadby Owl a few weeks ago and didn't even get third and then I heard about this.
"I don't know when I've got to go down yet, I am still waiting to hear."
The Kinks invited musicians to interpret any of their tracks as part of the competition on music website Talenthouse.
The band specified that the cover should express the musician's creativity and originality.
Pamella, guitarist Benn Hartmann, sound man Edgar Peyton and Luke O' Downie, filmed a video in Abbey Park and Western Park, Leicester, over the summer to accompany the song.
Pamella said: "I went online to look at some of their best-known songs, including Day and Night, Waterloo Sunset and So Tired.
"We chose this song because musically it sounds great and story-wise it is fun and melancholy.
"We kept the traditional stamp of the guitars and added some up-tempo beats to create a dance version of the song.
"It was all about team effort and being creative.
"I look forward to the vocal arrangements, especially the harmonies which The Kinks used a lot of – they sound sweet."
Pamella, formerly a backing singer with Leicester Community Gospel Choir, went solo two years ago.
She said: "Making the video was a laugh. I wrote the story line and we filmed and edited it ourselves.
"I like the song's lyrics, they're relaxed and melancholy, a little bit sad and happy."
There were two ways of winning the competition, by voting or by direct choice, and Pamella's version won the direct choice class.
Pamella, who works at Sainsbury's in Fosse Park store, said: "I am grateful to the people I work with, a lot of them voted for me.
"I have told a few people who said 'fantastic, well done'.
"Getting recorded is so difficult – you're up against a lot of people.
"This could be a huge step up there for me. I don't know what to expect at the end of it, I want to just enjoy it."
Talenthouse said on its website: "Pamella's video cover of Sunny Afternoon wowed Ray, who will help Pamella produce her track on their big day."
Her band, Pamella and the Beaux, will be performing at Oxjam, which takes place in the city's Cultural Quarter on October 20 to raise money for Oxfam.