Sally sets dance charts alight

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THE dance charts are being set alight by former Walton High School, Nelson, pupil Sally Jaxx - thanks to a TV-advertised album from Ministry of Sound.

Sally features on the track "Disco in the Clouds" on the new Ministry of Sound CD "Dance Energy – The Ultimate Adrenaline Rush".

It is in the official dance chart top 10 and the song features heavily in the TV ads for the CD.

Sally, who had to change her surname from Cooper when she joined the performer's union Equity and found there was already someone with the same name on the register, also lends her vocals to the clubland hit "9 to 5".

This is a dance version of the Dolly Parton classic, which is gaining popularity and could soon be zooming up the charts as well.

Sally spent the last few years working with some of the top dance producers, including House maestros Dougal and Gammer, Livingston Brown, who has worked with R 'n' B superstar Nelly, and rapper MC Whizzkid.

She is also making an appearance on the Totally Clubbed Up album and has a number of songs and projects in the pipeline.

Sally (29) performed in front of 68,000 people at Old Trafford for the Super League XI grand final in October.

She has just returned from supporting Journey South and Andy Scott-Lee on tour.

The singer lives in the Ightenhill area of Burnley but also spends a lot of time in London recording and working on her career. A performer since she was young, Sally started out at Pendle Hippodrome Youth Theatre and then moved on to roles with Colne Operatic Society. She first hit the headlines in the late 1990s when she was briefly a member of the re-formed Bucks Fizz, but has been focusing on her solo career over the last few years.

She now performs all over the country at nightclubs, university student unions and major live venues.

When she is in Burnley, Sally is also involved with Burnley General Hospital Radio, presenting shows and performing, and says she loves being at home and going out in the town centre with friends.

She added: "Things have gone really well on the dance scene but I don't want people to think this is a boast – this is just my job or my career, and I just get on with it, I don't really want the limelight or anything like that!

"In fact, some of my friends push me forward more than I do myself! But I really love what I do and would really like to keep doing it."