Talented Sabden teenager competes in singing contest

Kelsey Gill

Kelsey Gill

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A talented teenager from Sabden has made it through to the regional finals of Open Mic UK.

Kelsey Gill will be taking centre stage at the Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall, Manchester, on Sunday in a bid to reach the national finals.

The 18-year-old, who has been singing for the past few years, said she was excited to perform in front of the music industry’s top judging panel.

She said: “I entered the competition at the beginning of the year and didn’t think I would hear anything. I was delighted when they asked me to audition.

“On Sunday I will be singing ‘where did the love go’ by a band called ‘Bipolar Sunshine’. “All my family and friends are coming with me to support and cheer me on.”

Kelsey, who lives in Sabden and is a former Bowland High School pupil, is no stranger to hitting the high notes. Two years ago she finished third in Clitheroe The Grand’s “Grab – The Event”.

Her proud mother, Debbie, said: “We are all delighted and very proud of Kelsey. She has done extremely well to get through to the regional finals.”

The Open Mic UK music competition is labelled “The Biggest Search for Unsigned Acts in the UK”. Music industry judges are at every stage of the music competitions from auditions to the grand final, with judges from the three major record labels Universal, Warner and Sony attending last year.

The winner will get time in a recording studio and a cheque for £5,000.