Teenage musician wows judges at NEC

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A YOUNG singer-songwriter from Ardley has made it through to the regional finals of a national talent competition after impressing judges in auditions at the NEC in Birmingham.

Jamie Felton, 14, who attends The Marlborough School in Woodstock, will now play in front of hundreds of people at the next stage of the Open Mic UK auditions on October 29.

Jamie is no stranger to success, having made it through to the final of last year’s Aylesbury’s Got Talent competition and winning an award for most original act in the 2010 Talent Oxford contest. The overall winner of Open Mic UK 2011 will be offered a recording contract with an investment of up to £30,000.

Jamie said: “I entered a competition called Live and Unsigned in February. I didn’t get through, but the judges suggested I should go for Open Mic UK.

“I was up in front of five or six judges, and did one of my own songs called Within Me. I was a bit nervous but it went OK.

“On October 29 I’m going back to the NEC and will have to perform one of my own songs and a cover in front of 500 people.”

If Jamie succeeds in Birmingham, he will next play in the finals at the 02 Arena in London.

His father Mark Felton said: “He’s done well in Aylesbury and Oxford competitions because he practices so much. He’s written lots of songs and I think some of them are very good.”

Tickets for Jamie’s performance are available from www.openmicuk.co.uk or on the door.