Popstars visit to deliver important messages

Students at Ormiston Forge Academy were paid a visit by pop stars Misunderstood as part of a tour to deliver cyber safety, anti-discrimination and British values messages to young people.

Stephan and Jeffrey make up the UK Pop/R&B duo Misunderstood and are graduates from the BRIT School of Performing Arts. Since appearing on the Britain’s Got Talent, semi-finals in dance group Myztikal, the boys have supported MOBO Award Winner Chipmunk and Grammy winners Boyz II Men on tour.

During the morning in Cradley Heath, Misunderstood performed and talked to Forge students in years 7, 8, 9 and 10. As well as delivering important messages and personal reflections on cyber safety, discrimination and British values, they performed their own songs that had the 1,000 strong audience of students up on their feet.

Misunderstood said: “We loved our visit to Ormiston Forge Academy, the students were so lively and full of so much energy; which is inspiring to us! We always enjoy getting them involved even though in this case some of the students tried challenging us with their slick dance moves, haha.

“Overall we had a blast and left feeling like the students at Forge went home with a whole new outlook on life, knowing that being themselves and having fun is the best way to get through the struggles of life.”

Principal at Forge, Andrew Burns, said: “We are really grateful that Misunderstood took the time to come and talk and perform for our students. It’s clear that they are incredibly talented, have huge hearts and a big desire for inspiring the next generation. Their positive messages and good advice were welcomed by all.

“Forge is becoming a real hotbed of talent; we’re showcasing some really strong student performances through the year and inviting some incredible artists in to push our young people even further.”

The appearance was the day before the premiere of the boys’ first single, ‘Sucker’. Their new double A-Side single of ‘Sucker/ Imma Do My Thang’ was released in February.

Forge also recently welcomed rising pop star, Rhianna to the academy in January to perform and talk to students about online safety. Rhianna writes all of her own music and has been described by Radio 1 as the next big female singer on the music scene. She has also supported Fifth Harmony on tour.

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