Kingston songstress Mia aims high in regional final

Mia Williams-Watson

Mia Williams-Watson

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Mia Williams-Watson, 15, from Kingston, near Lewes, has been given the big thumbs-up by judges at the Open Mic UK auditions.

Along with other impressive acts, Mia has made it through to the 2013 Regional Finals and will now be performing in the live showcases of the competition.

Open Mic UK 2013 is the biggest music competition in the UK for singers and solo artists, searching for the nation’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material.

One contestant who has evidently caught the judge’s eye is local talent Mia, now in the running to compete for a place in the Grand Final at the O2 Arena in London. Thousands of hopefuls entered nationwide and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day for their turn to impress the judges.

Those who made it through the audition stage will now take part in the live Regional Final showcases alongside the best talent in their area. They’ll be performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a music industry judging panel to win a place at the 2013 Grand Final.

Mia busks regularly in Lewes and is a firm favourite with the locals. She has also busked and raised money for local charities including the Chestnut Tree Hospice and the RSPCA.

Earlier this year she was invited to perform at the Mayor’s Variety Performance at Hove Town Hall where she sang three songs including one of her own composition. Mia sings a wide range of songs and in the last few years has started to write her own.

She said: “This is a great opportunity for me to display my vocal ability. I’m prepared to work very hard and give this competition my all. From the moment I wake up each morning I am always singing, trying to improve and working on new ideas.”

Events Co-ordinator and Head of Future Music Chris Grayston said: “Every year that we hold this competition the bar is raised and the quality gets higher and higher.

“We’re really looking forward to experiencing the raw talent from across the country. For promising singers, song-writers, rappers and vocalists, 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.”

The competition is divided into age categories – Under 16, 16-20 and 21 and over.

All participants are aiming to make it to that prestigious Grand Final at the O2 where the spotlight will be on all the acts with a chance for them to be signed.