Levanna - the new face of northern soul album
Published on: 31 Mar 2015
A TEENAGER who became an internet sensation after posting a video of herself dancing in Staple Hill has now become the face of a best selling northern soul album.
Levanna Mclean, complete with her trademark beaming smile, can be seen gracing the cover of the boxset compilation Move On Up, The Very Best of Northern Soul.
The 75-track three-disc offering from label Universal became a number one best seller on Amazon just days after its release on March 16.
The 18-year-old can also be spotted honing her nimble dance skills on a television commercial advertising the CD.
Levanna first shot to fame when a two minute 46 second YouTube video she filmed in Broad Street went viral.
Showing her northern soul dancing to the tune of Pharrell William’s hit Happy, the video contained an irresistible twist when, half way through, a pensioner who was watching her started dancing too. Incredibly, the video has now been watched by more than 1.5 million people.
Levanna’s profile was to reach new heights when she was approached to dance at last year’s Brit Awards alongside Pharrell himself.
Interest in Levanna doesn’t appear to be abating and she has been inundated with various offers including making guest appearances and even starring in educational videos.
Levanna, from Winterbourne, said: “Universal wanted me to represent the CD and be the main focus of promotion, which is really cool. We’ve just overtaken Sam Smith, which is insane; I’m speechless! I’m so happy and proud that it’s done so well.”
Levanna, who is also a deejay, said making the commercial had been brilliant fun.
“It was filmed in a social club in Brighton. They put out a call inviting northern soul dancers to come along but they rang me up personally and said ‘You’re probably the most famous person in northern soul and we’d like you to come and be a part of the advert’.
“We filmed for five hours or so and it was really fun. I met lots of new people and made so many new friends.”
Levanna, a former pupil of the Ridings Academy in Winterbourne, is now studying music production at dBs Music College near Temple Meads.
“Since the whole ‘northern soul girl’ thing started to come about and I got deejay gigs, I thought I would follow up on music. I’ve always loved music but always saw it as a hobby. Now I see it as something I could really do as a career so I thought I’d get some skills in it.”
Levanna has posted a string of videos on YouTube all showing her northern soul dancing at various locations including the Suspension Bridge, Glastonbury Tour and even on a famous Russian monument.