Shona McGarty to record pop songs

'EastEnders' star Shona McGarty is to record her first pop songs after she was given some expensive studio time by Florence + the Machine's manager

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Shona McGarty as Whitney Dean

Shona McGarty as Whitney Dean

'EastEnders' actress Shona McGarty is to record pop songs.

The 21-year-old star - who plays wild Whitney Dean in the BBC One soap - has been given some expensive studio time by Florence + the Machine's manager to record her first hits.

She told The Sun newspaper: "I'm always writing and singing my own songs so I am going into the studio to record some of them."

Friends believe the brunette beauty - who performed Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Gonna Come' on charity telethon 'Children in Need' - could quit 'EastEnders' if she was offered a record deal.

One pal explained: "You know she's in the room because unless she is talking to you, she's singing away to herself.

"People liked her performance on 'Children in Need' so who knows."

But Shona insists she has no plans to leave the programme, adding: "It isn't anything official, they are just for my own personal use. I have no plans to leave 'EastEnders'."

While Shona has not revealed what her tracks are about, she recently split from her 'EastEnders' co-star Matt Lapinskas so could follow in the footsteps of 23-year-old star Taylor Swift and base her music on ex lovers.

Former 'EastEnders' stars Martine McCutcheon, Sid Owen and Sean Maguire all formed pop careers following their stints on the show, while other famous soap stars including ex-'Neighbours' actress Kylie Minogue and Coronation Street's Tracy Shaw have also turned to music.

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