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What is ‘BGT’ Golden Buzzer Recipient Sarah Ikumu Up to Now?

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Sarah Ikumu rose to fame as a young singer with a powerful voice that wowed the Britain’s Got Talent judges in series 11. Out of the judges, Simon Cowell was the most impressed, since he pressed the Golden Buzzer for Ikumu. Here’s what the Golden Buzzer recipient is up to in 2023.

What Has Sarah Ikumu Been Up to Now?

Since skyrocketing to fame in 2017 due to her unforgettable BGT performances, Ikumu has continued to hone in on her vocal skills. Thanks to her BGT run, Ikumu has gained an audience that listens and supports her music career.

Despite failing to pass the semi-final stage, Ikumu returned as a wildcard in the finals of the season. Since the singer had such a great experience on the show, she entered various local competitions after BGT.

The budding singer moved on to compete in local talent competitions such as Midlands Teen Star and Milton Keynes Young Musician of the Year. The rising star has shined brighter and brighter on stage with her every performance singing astounding covers. Reportedly, Ikumu performed at a local event at the end of 2022.

In present day, Ikumu is very active on social media. She frequently posts covers of famous songs on her YouTube channel, where she currently has over 57 thousand subscribers.


She is Working With Defective Records

Ikumu’s undeniable talent has landed her a record deal with Defective Records, a British independent record label. Reportedly, Ikumu singing a rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” played a big role in landing her first record deal.

The DJ and label manager S.A.M. has thrived in carving out their distinctive sound and has found Ikumu to be the perfect addition to their team. She currently sings backing vocals for other artists signed to her record.

She has certainly come a long way from the young five-year-old who was inspired by her pastor father, Alex Gatoto. For those who don’t know, he was the driving force that encouraged Ikumu to share her voice with the world. Getting her to start singing in a church choir since childhood blossomed into a bright future in the world of music for Ikumu.

We can’t wait to see what Ikumu has planned in the upcoming year ahead. With over 49,000 followers on Instagram and over 57,000 subscribers on YouTube, it’s clear that the singer has the foundation to thrive in the music industry.

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Patti Tutwiler
Patti Tutwiler
1 year ago

Sara Ikumu sings, I get chills and goosebumps just like when I listen to Whitney Houston. Sarah you are really awesome!!!

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