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Seven Kings-born singer to help four-legged friends with festive single

PUBLISHED: 13:19 17 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:19 17 September 2015

Melissa Serpico with her dog Laika

Melissa Serpico with her dog Laika

Archant

A singer and her dog are calling on rapping talent to help with a charity single to be released in time for Christmas.

Melissa Serpico, 44, who was born in Seven Kings, is hoping to give back to an animal shelter with the help of her dog Laika – who is named after the first dog that went into space – and is seeking the help of a rapper and a producer.

The pair, who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2010, are hoping to raise money for Wood Green Animal Shelter, where Melissa’s last dog Star was from.

Melissa, who is an astrologer, said: “I adopted Star from the Wood Green Animal Shelter so I want to help them – and eventually I want to help dogs all over the world.”

The dog-lover, who suffers from emphysema, said her labrador-collie cross Laika is her “baby” and would play a role in marketing the Christmas single.

“I don’t have any children so I would like to do something meaningful for the dogs,” said Melissa.

“Ultimately, if I was financially able to, I want to help even more animals.”

She added: “I’m not well but I can’t be down about it – and with her [Laika] I don’t feel lonely at all.

“She’s like a baby, she’s better than a baby and I’m keeping her happy – she’s a very cute rescue dog.”

The former busker says she was inspired when a rapper jammed with her in the street while she performed.

“He was brilliant,” said Melissa, who is looking to add to her sound.

“I think the extra element would be great.”

She added: “It’s great opportunity because Christmas is coming up and I think it would work well and I would like to see more money going to dog charities.”

The singer, who says her sound is like American singer Rufus Wainwright’s, has asked those interested to email ajay.nair@archant.co.uk with their details.

Listen to Melissa’s songs at youtube.com/Laikastar1


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