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Anyone who regularly walks through the streets of Dublin will know that Grafton Street acts as a stage for some of the country's most incredible up-and-coming talents.

It can difficult to make it from one side to the other without feeling the urge to stop and listen to the gorgeous music on offer, and every now and then an performing will come along who completely stops us in our tracks.

Allie Sherlock is one of those.

The 12-year-old singer-songwriter gained a loyal fan base after videos of her bucking on the streets of Dublin went viral.

The Cork native has been compared to powerhouse vocalist Adele and has is quickly making a name for herself as one of Ireland's most exciting young talents.

However, it's not just us who think so. The young singer is currently making waves on the other side of the Atlantic and even stopped on The Ellen Degeneres Show for a show-stopping performance and chat with the host.

During the interview, Allie revealed how she has been working with the likes of Ryan Tedder from One Republic and solo artist Charlie Puth.

Speaking about Allie's amazing talent, Ellen predicted that she wouldn't be singing on the street for much longer – and honestly, we couldn't agree more.

Watch this space.

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Last week, 12-year-old, Allie Sherlock, went viral when a video of busking on Dublin's Grafton Street received over 1.2 million views on Facebook.

The Cork native stunned audiences across the world with her version of Ed Sheeran's Supermarket Flowers, and it seems her stellar performance even caught the eye of US talk-show host, Ellen DeGeneres.

According to reports, producers of The Ellen Show approached Allie with an offer to appear on the show.

However, the 12-year-old turned down the opportunity, saying that singing is just a hobby.

She told the Evening Echo, "I don't want it to be a professional career but I'd like to do it, just as a hobby. I'd like to do childcare because my auntie owns a creche,"

"I want to keep practising all the time and singing and so it's like a hobby really. Maybe I'll do weddings. I'd like to see what happens in the future before deciding anything."

Her father, Mark also went on to say that Allie is still young, and see music as a fun pastime.

"There's been a few people on to us about different things. She had the Ellen Show in America contact her but she's only 12 and she just enjoys a bit of busking.

"My main thing is that Allie continues to be Allie because she's a child. She enjoys her singing and as soon as it isn't fun anymore, that would be the end of it."

"Her plan is to do childcare, she would love that. Music is second. She might go to college and maybe head into town busking and earn herself a few quid."

Now, that's fair enough, but if The Ellen Show ever came knocking on our door, we'd be on the first flight to LA, no questions asked.  

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Now, these people have made a major name for themselves in the music industry, but it wasn't always that way.

These seven famous bands and singers had to put in some major hard graft before they were anywhere near the big time. Check out our top seven performers who started off on the streets:

1. Ed Sheeran

 

2. Hudson Taylor

 

3. Tracy Chapman

 

4. Passenger

 

5. Eminem

 

6. Rod Stewart

 

7. Sheryl Crow

 

And we are delighted to announce that one of our favourite artists that started out busking, Hudson Taylor, are playing alongside Róisín O at our Shemazing! Gig to help fight against dating abuse. 

Tickets to next month’s gig are available here so don’t miss out on your opportunity to do your bit for the ladies in your life.

 

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