Three shine at talent contest’s auditions

Will Mak

Will Mak

Three Chronicle Country musicians could perform at the 02 in London in the final of a national talent competition.

Will Mak from Potton, Jenna Brogden from Arlesey and Hannah Rout of Wrestlingworth have all impressed judges at the Open Mic UK contest.

The three were among contestants who auditioned at Milton Keynes Christian Centre earlier this month.

After successful auditions Will, Hannah and Jenna will return to the venue on Saturday, October 12 where they will again get the chance to show off their musical prowess.

If they score highly with judges and win the audience’s vote then they could compete at the area final, and then at the national final at the 02 later in the year.

Will is a well-known musician in Chronicle Country and runs a regular live music night in Potton; Performers & Pints.

The singer and keyboardist has enjoyed success performing around the UK and has also released a well-received first album, Run this Race.

He said: “I did a recent song of mine called Rainbow Day on keys and vocals.

“Everyone who auditioned could choose between performing a cover song or one of their own, which was good as the singer songwriters could really take advantage.”

Jenna, 17, is studying for a music BTEC at the Academy of Music and Sound in Hitchin and wants to pursue a career in music, whether as a performer or producer.

She said: “I have been singing since I was five years old and my family and friends were encouraging me to enter a competition like Open Mic UK.

“I sang Radioactive by the Imagine Dragons, which the judges seemed to like.”

Jenna is influenced by a 
variety of musicians and styles and Ellie Goulding is a particular favourite.

The former Samuel Whitbread Academy student is also interested in studio work and music production.

Hannah, 14, is a singer and guitarist and performed one of her own songs.

She prefers to play her own material but will perform covers too, and she wants to work in the performing arts when she is older.

Open Mic UK is the biggest music competition in the UK for acts of all styles, and searches for the UK’s best singers and songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material.

The competition is divided into age categories – under 16, 16 to 20 and 21 and over.

For more information see www.openmicuk.co.uk




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