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Early Rita Ora video footage used to inspire teens

Footage of an 11-year-old Rita Ora singing into a youth counsellor's camera phone has been added to a motivational programme for talented teenagers.

The pretty Brit sang an a cappella version of Roberta Flack's Killing Me Softly while showing off her vocal skills to a youth centre volunteer, who insisted he could get the footage to a record company executive.

She tells Complex magazine, "He told me he knew somebody who knew somebody in the industry or whatever. I said, 'Cool, play them this video'."

Nothing came of the camera phone showcase, but the counsellor now uses the footage to inspire other kids with a dream after Ora signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label and scored chart hits with R.I.P. and How We Do (Party).

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