Former Mold Alun High School pupil Tammy, 20, successfully made it through the Liverpool audition of this year’s UK Open Mic competition on 21st August, and will now compete again on 6th November, for the opportunity to sing at the Grand Final at London’s o2 arena.
Her rendition of ‘Killing Me Softly’ was performed in front of a panel of six judges and four fellow competitors, as performers were invited to the stage in groups of five. Recalling her audition, Tammy said: ‘My performance went well! I always think I can do better though.’
Despite being pleased with her performance, she did have a worrying moment during the event: ‘The judges stopped me singing after the chorus, I didn’t even get to the verse which did make me quite nervous as I couldn’t determine whether it was a good reaction or bad reaction!’
Her main musical influences are the sounds of Motown and Northern Soul, and she has a list of artists she aspires to, stating that Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Joss Stone, Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse are all idols to her.
The regional finals will be filmed for Sky TV as well as a live audience and judging panel which could include the likes of BBC Radio 1 DJ Ras Kwame and former boy band member Dane Bowers.
Despite the added pressure of the live show, Tammy is confident it won’t affect her performance, stating: ‘I always get really nervous before performing, but once I start singing the nerves soon disappear.’
The UK Open Mic website describes the music competition as the largest in Britain, which allows singers, songwriters and rappers to perform and hopefully get signed to a record label.
Auditions are held across the UK, with performers competing to win a recording contract and up to £30,000 investment.
As well as performing in November, competitors are also expected to compile a portfolio containing evidence of self-promotion from the lead up to their performance in the competition. Gigging in the local area is an important part of this, and Tammy aims to perform all over the Flintshire, Wrexham and Chester areas.
Amongst previous winners of the competition is talented young singer Birdy. The 15 year old, whose impressive cover of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love was made record of the week on Radio 1, before it peaked at number 17 in the UK singles chart, won the competition in 2008 at the age of 12.
For further information on UK Open Mic, please visit the official website: www.openmicuk.co.uk
For gigs and news from Tammy Turner, please visit her Facebook page: ‘Tammy Turner UKopenmic’.