Burnley’s very own Michael Buble - the brains behind Big Band Boogie - has been named the Best Musical Act for weddings in the North-West.
Marrying the classiness of swing with the elegance of weddings, Josh Hindle topped his category in the regional finals of The Wedding Industry Awards earlier this month.
“It’s rewarding after a long slog through the wedding season,” he said. “I guess what’s even more amazing is the fact I won against such strong competition. It has given me a massive confidence boost.”
The 25-year-old will now compete for the title of best in the country, the results being revealed in January at an awards ceremony in London.
Winning the nationals, he said, would be “simply incredible.”
“It would be such an honour and will help me to develop not only as a performer but as a wedding business. I can’t even imagine winning it - fingers crossed.
“I was always told good things come to those who wait so January could be my time but the competition will be immense.”
Josh’s style is informed by a rich tapestry of influences: a childhood on stage at The Pendle Hippodrome Theatre; giants of swing Buble, Sinatra, Elvis, Robbie Williams; plus local musicians like Tom Scothern and Jake Dixon.
The singer has therefore developed a striking confidence that he channels into his work.
“I’ve learnt that the people at the top of the game aren’t people to be scared of and you shouldn’t see them as competition, more as colleagues!”
But a good wedding singer, he knows, needs more than just performative flash.
It’s all “about being personal, working with the couple to cover their exact needs and doing what is needed to take their wedding to the next level. The awesome level!
“I think this sets me apart from other performers who may just want to take over the wedding, perform and go home and forget about it.
“My moto is that a wedding lasts one day but memories last forever and it’s all about creating those memories.”