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AN EAST Tilbury singer, Grace Eleanor, has made it through to the Regional Finals of the prestigious Open Mic UK singing competition, and will now be performing in the live showcases of the competition.

Open Mic UK 2014 is the biggest search for unsigned talent in the UK, and travels the country every year in search for the UK’s best singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres performing either covers or their own original material. The competition is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Atlantic Record’s Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Sony Music’s Jaymi Hensley from Union J and Jahmene Douglas, Luke Friend and Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan. Over the years the competition and Future Music have discovered some of the best new talent and propelled them to the big stage, working closely with Sony, Universal, Warner and Syco.

Thousands of hopefuls entered Open Mic UK nationwide and hundreds of auditionees attended on the day for their turn to impress the judges. Those who made it through the audition stage will now take part in a live head-to-head battle alongside the best talent in their region, performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a music industry judging panel in their bid to win a place at the National Grand Final.

Events Coordinator and Head of Future Music Chris Grayston said “Every year that we hold this competition the bar is raised and the quality gets higher and higher. We’re really looking forward to experiencing the raw talent from across the country. For promising singers, song-writers, rappers and vocalists, Open Mic UK provides a real opportunity to open the door to a music career by showcasing their talent to music industry professionals and audiences across the country”

The competition is divided into age categories – Under 16, 16-20 and 21 and over, and all types of singers, vocal performers, groups and acoustic singer-songwriters are invited to enter. All participants are all aiming to make it to that prestigious Grand Final, where the spotlight will be shone on them and they’ll have the chance to be win the main prize of £5,000 to spend on the development of their music career.

The latter stages of the competition will also provide acts with the opportunity to impress many guests from the music and entertainment industry. Previous judges to Future Music competitions include DJs that have worked for Radio 1 such as Ras Kwame, Daniel P Carter and Annie Nightingale MBE, four time Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill, Noddy Holder and before he deceased the legendary Malcolm McLaren along with A&R representatives from the three major record labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group.

Previous Future Music competition winner Birdy’s career has gone from strength-to-strength since winning Open Mic UK, after securing a deal with Warner Music and watching her debut album achieve gold status in the UK and platinum status throughout Europe, and receiving a 2014 BRIT award nomination

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