Local Singer Song Writer Puts Staffordshire on the Map
Last month, we reported that local singer song writer Alexandra Jayne was going on to perform at the regional finals of Open Mic UK.
As predicted, she waltzed through and is scheduled to perform at the Area finals at the Corn Exchange in Bedford this Sunday.
It has been a busy time for the musician from Little Onn, between studying at Liverpool University she has continued to find time for gigging.
Most recently she preformed at the Christmas lights switch on in Stafford, the highlight of a months of hard work gigging and playing events like the Oxjam Festival in Liverpool, and a separate charity event raising money for sufferers of multiple sclerosis.
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"It was nice to come back to Stafford for the Christmas lights and just be part of the entertainment, there was a lot of local talent performing, dancers, DJ and acoustic artists like myself."
At the regional finals, Alexandra competed along side a total of 20 acts. She wowed the panel of judges by performing a medley of songs including a rendition of Emeli Sande's 'Read all About It' and her own song 'Headlines'.
"Before the gig I practiced and rehearsed within an inch of my life!" says Alexandra, "there was so much to plan aside from practicing, just chosing what to wear was a big decision!"
"Lucily, when I was performing, the lights were so bright, I couldn't actually see the audience, which made it a lot easier!"
The judges praised her unique voice and memorable performance.
She has already beaten hundreds of performers, but has she got what it takes to succeed through the Area final?
"I googled the corn exchange, I'm a little scared… it's a big theatre".
"The best thing I can do is just rehearse and tackle one gig at a time".
"The judges gave me a lot of good advice, the trick will be playing to my strengths but also offering up something a little new".
Once again, Alexandra has chose to perform a variation of songs that prove her diversity as an artist.
Last time it was Emeli Sande, this time it is a mashup of Forever Young by Mr Hudson and Jay-Z with one of her own songs.
"I'm looking forward to it, obviously a bit nervous, but I have my friends and family around and I've made friends with some of the other performers, we're all in the same boat really, it feels more like a community than a competition."
Should she succeed through this performance, she is on to the national finals in London next month and a hefty prize of £5000.
A merry Christmas indeed! But what does a student do with all that money?
I am a poor student, so I'm afraid there'll be no splashing out! I have been spending quite a lot of time recently writing new songs, so if I do win, I'd love to spend the money getting professionally recorded so I can get them released as my debut EP".
In the mean time, should you wish to show your support for Alexandra, tickets for the area finals are £9.00 per person and can be purchased through the official website or through Alexandra's facebook page.
There promises to be an eclectic mix of talent from all over the Midlands.
You can also find out more about Alexandra, her music and live performances from her facebook page here.