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Barnton teenager is gearing up for her Open Mic performance
A SINGER who came back fighting after being rejected two years ago has made it through to the regional final of one of the UK’s largest singing competitions.
Sarah Emily Shaw, from Barnton, impressed judges at the North West auditions of Open Mic UK, and is now looking forward to representing Northwich at the regional final event, due to take place in October.
The former Sir John Deane’s College student has been singing since she was 12-years-old, having been influenced by her Nan’s musical tastes.
“I’m inspired by the likes of Etta James because her voice just gives me goose bumps every time I listen to her,” said the 19-year-old who has entered competitions including Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor.
“And Dolly Parton – her Greatest Hits CD was the first album I ever owned.
“My Nanny showed me her music when I was very young and I have loved her music ever since.”
Sarah currently works as a customer service advisor at Argos but hopes Open Mic UK may by the first step to a career in the industry.
“Ultimately performing or coaching performance is something I would definitely love to do,” said Sarah, who impressed the judges at the Liverpool audition with her rendition of Christina Aguilera’s Hurt.
“Open Mic UK is a great opportunity to get my name known as there will be lots of important people from the music industry there.”
Sarah, who first entered the competition two years ago, said: “Unfortunately the competition ended there for me but this year I have come back fighting after having lessons with Rebecca Spence Vocal Coaching.
“She tells me exactly what I need to do to improve and it has definitely paid off.
“I’m not 100 per cent sure what I’m going to sing for the regional finals yet but I have a few ideas up my sleeve.”
Tickets for the regional final of Open Mic UK cost £8 and can be bought by contacting Sarah directly.
The event takes place at the Royal Northern College of Music Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester, on October 6.
For more information, visit openmic.co.uk
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