December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A 12-year-old rock star has made it through to the regional finals of a hugely competitive singing contest.
Josh Gleaves, of Collier Row, was one of 20 to get through to the next stage of the Open Mic UK 2013, and now is a step closer to reaching the grand final at the O2 in London.
Josh says: “I wasn’t really nervous for my audition but I’m really enjoying it”.
In primary school, he learned how to play the violin but when he discovered he could sing, Josh ditched the violin for a guitar and has been learning for more than a year.
Josh has guitar lessons at his school The Royal Liberty in Upper Brentwood Road, Gidea Park and often does busking on the streets of Romford.
Josh added: “My guitar teacher is really proud of me and was shocked to hear that I earned £60 busking in just 50 minutes!”.
He is taking part in the under 16s category where he is joined by all types of vocal performers with the aim of reaching the final and a chance to be signed.
The next stage of the competition will be the regional final showcases on October 20, at the Palace Theatre in Southend-on-Sea.
This also gives the acts a chance to impress guest audience members from record labels, agencies and the entertainment industry to possibly further their careers.
Open Mic UK is presented by Future Music, the company behind the development of artists such as Birdy and X Factor star Jahmene Douglas.
Events co-ordinator and head of Future Music Chris Grayston said: “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”.
Josh added: “It’s quite good and very exciting to take part”.
After performing in the London Regional Finals of Teenstars at Dingwalls in Camden earlier this year, Josh is now looking forward to showing off his talent at the showcase in October where he hopes to sail through to the final.
“It’s time to put on your 3D glasses.”