15 young people were followed over the biggest year of their lives, online and on Channel 4. Share their experiences here...

Your comments

We’ve loved hearing from you guys!

Over the year all your advice and support has been amazing. Thank you all so much for your great comments. Your own experiences and opinions have played a vital part in the Year Dot journey and for that we’d like to give you guys one big shout out. THANKS for making it such a special year!

What do you think?

Your Comments

I saw you on TV this morning and I thought that you have a lot of energy and drive.
afriend of mine has a company called the unsigned band review. They are all ex record company A&R and execs and offer advice to up and coming bands and artists.
Here is their web address: www.unsignedbandreview.com

Good Luck.

Edwin John (1906 days ago) Report Comment

hey, just saw you on c4 and thought id leave you a comment. just as bit of reassurance about your results even if you do need all A at the end of alevel think that is prefectly acheivable, same position as you, one year left. i just got my reults CCD and simalrly need good reults (or better than what i got anyway) but if its any reassurance my sister needed AAB to get in to Vet Med, when she was where we are she got DDCC but in the last yr she managed to pull back and get the AAB she needed, so should it be either of the paths work hard and think you can easily do it!

Tim (1907 days ago) Report Comment

hey, i hope it works out for you, uv put so much effort into this, keep up the good work. :-)

matt (1907 days ago) Report Comment

for UNDISCOVERED artists a new emedia internet and radio portal to get your music played. Look at www.heardat.co.uk - understand the concept and its free to register and upload your profile and music

Lisa Palmer (1907 days ago) Report Comment

just watching u on ch4 today ur old music is very very good but no matter what u sing ur good dont ever forget that xx

duncan (1909 days ago) Report Comment

Hi Sheila,
I hope you're beginning to feel better - it's a really tough time when any relationship breaks up and you will feel low, it's so natural. It's probably a very sensible thing to do and you might look back on it later and see that but it's one of thos things you only see in hindsight looking back, Hard to feel when you're still looking up at the mountain of bad stuff. Be nice to yourself and believe that the feeling will pass, like everything does, good and bad. It's very inspiring that you are willing to talk about it and other people can see that these felings of loss are common to all of us. Thanks for sharing.

Karen (2041 days ago) Report Comment

Just to say, love the new tune you gave us a demo of at Her Majesty's Theatre. I wanna hear more of it now - really liked it. Your songwriting skills and voice have come on leaps and bounds and it's been a privelege following your progress over the all the years that I have known you. You have really found your identity and I think that is why people are so connected to your performances!
All the best, love your big sis
xx

Annetta (2076 days ago) Report Comment

Hi Sheila,
I watched you on year dot and am just listening to your music on myspace, I cant believe hw good u r!! Uv got an amazin voice! I luv the guitar, I recently got my own guitar, do have any tips? I come from benfleet so pretty local 2 u often go dwn 2 southend 2 cinema lol anyway keep doin ure music lol x x

Hannah (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Hey sheila hope u r ok i can make you a good web-site so write me to my e-mail then we can talk.

Sean

Sean (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Picture of sheila lordin response to Nick, I have a myspace but know that this is nothing extroadinary. I would love a website but am not quite sure how to go about it, have you any tips on this?? also any tips on myspace designers as i'd like my myspace to look professional too! thanks for your feedback!

In response to stephen, its nice to hear from someone of an older generation, if i ever do get a gig in your area i'll tell ya, all the gigs are posted on my music page too www.myspace.com/theshyuk (name of my band)

sheila lord (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Hi Sheila, I think your song with Simon Ellis was good, but a little too commercial. I think your song you performed in the gig showed much more of your talent and range of skills and these days, we want to see real talent to differentiate you from the usual commercially produced music such as (S Club 7) no disrespect to Simon.
You go girl :-)

Joseph S (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Hi Sheila

I am glad I saw Yeardot today, I've watched a few times and I am encouraged that young people are so talented and focussed in a wide range of specialities.

You have a great voice, and it helps that you are very attractive too!

As I am 50+ I have a been 'into' many music genres over the years and I know what I like, and have a good sense of what makes a great artist and what is just Pop fodder.
I agree with the consensus of opinion that your folksy style is the best but it doesn't mean that you have to be stuck in any niche, the listening public is much more accepting of genre overlap than they were in the 70s and 80s.

I hope you do a gig near me â Harrow/Watford area- I rarely go to live events but would not miss yours. Keep doing what you are doing it must be a matter of time before you get the right breaks for commercial exposure. Best of luck.

Stephen (Harrow) (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Hi Sheila,

Just saw you on tv, and thought id drop you a line. Normally im not really into your type of music (i do like everything, but rap and reggae mostly)., but was really impressed by it.

You have an awesome voice, reall different, loved it. Take your time with the song written and let others help you as much as you can.... even if it means doing an album with songs that arent really you?because once you have mad!e a million, you can do what you like, remember that... Not sure you if you have a website, but sort it if not. I run my own personal training company and the website is essentail for looking professional.

Good luck, i think you will do fabulous, MTV next right

Nick x

Nick (2096 days ago) Report Comment

sheila you have lots of talent and i really hope you make your dreams come true, am sure we will be hearing lots more fromxxx

margaret spencer (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Hi sheila just watched a tv programme i have to say i think you are doing so well with ur music u should really stick to it im looking forward to seeing ur name in BIG LETTERS because i know myself its going to happen for you 1 day your great :) No matter what music u sing wether it be your own music or pop music or whatever it will sound great because u have the voice that can achieve anything good luck :)

Jodie (2096 days ago) Report Comment

have you tried x factor

tam (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Picture of sheila lordto keli, chris and joe hatfield. I cant say your name, but heres a shout out JOE HATFIELD!!!! ^_^ to keli ,thank you, i also like my bow hehe! and to chris, thank you very much, i seem to be getting alot of comments saying its not the type of music they would normally listen to, but that they still like it, which is a positive sign! thanks again!

sheila

x x x

sheila lord (2096 days ago) Report Comment

I Also Liked ur bow.. in the fringe (=

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keli (2096 days ago) Report Comment

I'v just heard the song on your my space page and although its not the kind of sound i would normally go for i thought it was very melodic and i'l definatley listen again. I look forward to any new songs you decide to release, your newest fan, chris.

Chris (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Picture of sheila lordto Mikey B, i am hopefully going to be in the studio soon, also having photos done for promotion soon. Its been a bit of a rollercoaster, if people noticed, at my last gig i had a new band. So would be great to record with them and have that rounder band sound heard. I'd love for there to be a follow up series to yeardot! Im not sure if there will be, but i's love a "see where they are now" in 10 years!

x x x

sheila lord (2096 days ago) Report Comment

very good music Sheila - you have loads of potential!

Sasha (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Sheila awesome to see you on yeardot, amazing music, do you think that your planning any more recording soon? Will there be an iminate release off the back of yeardot?

Mikey B (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Say Joe Hatfield on t.v please!! :-) xx

joe (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Fantastic voice. Good luck for the future - I'm sure it'll be rosy!

Suzy (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Picture of sheila lordto palmer, that means a hell of alot thank you! I think sometimes trying to be too unique is a downfall but from the general response, it doesnt seem to be affecting getting positive feedback! sorry these responses are in random orders eveyone! will keep responding! promise!!

x x x

sheila lord (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Picture of sheila lordthanks ben, I'm in my last few months of college and am currently studying english literature. Your right, it has improved my phrasing, I've always been a keen reader, it's suffered recently because I've been reading set texts for college, but i deffinately agree with you! Thank you!

x x x

sheila lord (2096 days ago) Report Comment

hey beautiful i honestly think uve got what it takes.
i listen 2 hiphop , but am also a secert fan of indie and rock lol, dont tell any1! umm and anywayz i think you are creating a new genre of your own and its gunna b live.
xxx

PALMER (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Hi Sheila

Just saw your C4 program, great to see someone talented and enthusiastic playing some nice music.

The subject of song-writing came up...my advice would be to read as much as you can. You'll be surprised how your knowledge of how words go together, phrasing, vocab and geenral use of langauge (in terms of writing creatively) will change when you make a point of reading all types of literature (classics, modern, poetry, plays etc).

I'm a music journalist and PR and I've seen how the above can help new artists several times.

Good luck.

Ben

Ben (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Picture of sheila lordIt's also really nice to hear from other singer/songwriters out there ^_^ to sarah brighton, i do think i need to work on an "on stage persona" without sounding too contrived. I'm quite a giggly nervous character, i have confidence on stage but i think i need something extra so thank you for that! =)

sheila lord (2096 days ago) Report Comment

hey! you sound great! keep it up hun !!

xx

Paul (2096 days ago) Report Comment

hey dudette im lovin the sound! u have a real down to earth way about your music! would be cool todo some recording together as im also after that home grown sound! keep working hard and add me on myspace. www.myspace.com/stantonbeats

Stu xx

Stu (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Picture of sheila lordthanks eveyone, maaan theres loads of comments ^_^ sorry to categorise them all, the main gist is that i think i need to improve with a stage character, keep my individualism but still have a commercial edge to it. Your comments are really helpful thank you! I really didnt think i'd get such a respone! Thank you everyone.

sheila lord (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Hey miss, well done on the show....just added your myspace. Hope you go far - i'm a singer/songwriter too so it's was a good way to find out more about the industry through your slot.

Anyway take care x x

www.myspace.com/szjerdene x x

Szjerdene (2096 days ago) Report Comment

You have such an amazing voice. Your new style proper suits your voice but what i really envy is your confidence to be able to sing in front of such a crowd.
Good luck with everything babe, i'm such you'll be in the music business soon enough ;)! xxxx

Lizzy (2096 days ago) Report Comment

hahaha, ALOT OF PEOPLE WATCH DAY TiME TELLY
BUT FO SHO

YOUR AWESOME!!!!!!
X

GARETH (2096 days ago) Report Comment

first time ive watched the show and seen the website found it very interesting. Liked your music and good luck for the future! will be watching out x

Simon (2096 days ago) Report Comment

hi sheila just have to say your music is great and wish you all the best for the future

steven

Steven Walker (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Hey! I think the Yeardot TV show really displayed your character and the goals you are striving to achieve. I think it is very important that you do get yourself out there and continue performing which I know you love to do (and you do it so well). Sticking to the songs which you are comfortable performing and writing is very important - this is what is going to get you noticed. If you're not confident in the songs you are performing and it's not you, then that will be receptive from the audiences perspective. Keep up the good work and just let every day things influence your music making and writing because this country needs down to earth songs and lyrics that you produce, convey and write so well. All the best, love your big sis xxxxxx

Annetta Spaull (2096 days ago) Report Comment

Hey Shelia think your music is amazing not summit i normally listen to but there summit about you and your voice i irealy like. and i no my gf thinks ya amazing we both think youll go realy far or we both hope any wanna c you live. GoodLuck :P ..hopefully see you soon...

Robert Stuchberry & chloe (2097 days ago) Report Comment

hey dudette im lovin the sound! u have a real down to earth way about your music! would be cool todo some recording together as im also after that home grown sound! keep working hard and add me on myspace. www.myspace.com/stantonbeats

Stu xx

Stu (2097 days ago) Report Comment

I've only just heard your track for the first time today and I think you've got a really great unique sound! Keep the good tunes coming :)

Kerstin (2097 days ago) Report Comment

i think u need 2 work on ur nerves because being in the industry requires a confident character the sweetly sweetly nervous laugh isnt a good approach u need a harder attitude but ur look and lyrics are wicked :) x

sarah brighton (2097 days ago) Report Comment

I liked the new song, but i think its so important not to loose your originality and individuality. Its whats important and what makes you stand out and that gets you far :)

steph! (2097 days ago) Report Comment

Fantastic what you are doing Sheila. I really hope that you make it and remember no matter how many setbacks you get, never give up because nothing is achieved by giving up. Persevering on the other hand, means your dreams will be achieved.

mark (2097 days ago) Report Comment

DONT GO ALL COMMERCiAL, YOUR WAAAYY TOO GOOD ALREADY

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GARETH (2097 days ago) Report Comment

Picture of sheila lordthank you karen, what a quick response! Your feedbacks lovely, i think one of the most important thing in any goal is your attitude towards it, so im glad i seem to have that ^_^

thanks for watching, keep in touch!

sheila

x x x

sheila lord (2097 days ago) Report Comment

sheila, you are smoking hot :) xx

Sam K (2097 days ago) Report Comment

Hope this is the right one..

Proper Loved ur voice!!.. very different..

im first in line to buy ur record (=

x

Keli (2097 days ago) Report Comment

SHEILA! It's Dean! Just left you a FB comment but I can't believe how far you've come from me listening to you on Jay's i-pod a year and a half ago! I must get myself to one of your gigs soon, before you get too big and I've no hope of ever seeing you! Haha.

xx

Dean Barber (2097 days ago) Report Comment

What are you going to do at uni?

Eddy Justa (2097 days ago) Report Comment

I really liked the track - it has got a commerical edge but I think your voice still stands out and is unique. I also think you have a really nice attitude to everything.
Most importantly I think you have a fantastic voice. Good luck with everything.

Karen (2097 days ago) Report Comment