Previous Open Mic UK Winner Birdy receives Brit Award nomination!

BirdyOpen Mic UK’s previous winner Birdy’s career continues to fly from strength to strength! After being crowned Open Mic UK winner in 2008 at the young age of 12, Open Mic UK winner Birdy, aka Jasmine Van den Bogaerde has achieved an array of musical successes, the latest of which being a Brit Award nomination!

 

Since releasing her second studio album ‘Fire Within’ back in September, Birdy has sold out London shows, released a video for her single ‘Light Me Up’, performed with James Blunt in a Nelson Mandela memorial performance at the NRJ music awards and has begun 2014 as a Brit Award nominee for British Female solo artist – unfortunately losing out on the night to Ellie Goulding.

 

‘Fire Within’ has seen Open Mic UK previous winner Birdy mature into a songwriter in her own right, as she has writing credits on every track of the album. She has gained praise and respect for this achievement from critics, with Simmy Richman from the Independent saying ‘Fire Within is Birdy’s “she’s not a little girl anymore” album’, and Danielle Goldstein from Time Out London saying ‘the young singer finds her own voice on her second album of down-beat pop’. By graduating into a songwriter, Birdy has added another feather to an already impressive cap and 2014 looks set to be another amazing year for the former Open Mic UK winner.

 

Birdy will be embarking on an international tour which kicks off in the States on January 16th and makes stops in France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and finishes at the Kentish Town Forum in London on March 4th, a venue she sold out back in October 2013.

 

 

Previous Open Mic UK Winner Birdy receives Brit Award nomination!

 

It has been a whirlwind of success for previous Open Mic UK winner Birdy and the next chapter looks to be even more exciting.

 

Do you think you could be a future Brit nominee or Open Mic UK winner? If so, book your audition for Open Mic UK at www.openmicuk.co.uk/enter-singing-contest

Open Mic UK winner Hatty Keane to support JLS on farewell tour

Open Mic UK winner Hatty Keane is to support JLS on their Farewell Tour! Since beating thousands of applicants across the UK to take the title of Open Mic UK winner in 2011 within The O2 in London, it’s been announced that Hatty Keane will support the pop world giants on all 19 of their Farewell Tour dates throughout December 2013.

 

After her success in the Open Mic UK competition, Hatty Keane signed to Michael King’s BGM Entertainment Ltd, and since then she has skyrocketed in the industry. Keane has completed four tours including one headlining tour, has been invited to the MOBOs where she handed out an award alongside Pixie Lott in front of Prince Harry for his charity ‘Wellchild’, and has also opened for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Wiley and Pitbull.

 

Hatty Keane’s performances are nothing short of wild and spectacular with a hint of ‘sugar sweetness’ which keep her fans, including over 20,000 Facebook followers, wanting more.

 

In May 2013, Keane finished writing her debut album ‘Pick N Mix’ which is now due for a February release and includes the new hit single ‘Siren’. She is now working on her second album due for release in the summer of 2014.

 

Open Mic UK winner Hatty Keane’s hard work, dedication and passion for music has earned her the well deserved support act slot for JLS’ Farewell Tour in December 2013, performing on 19 tour dates in the biggest arenas around the country. It has also led to partnerships with brands such as Lipsy and ASOS.

 

It looks as though the undeniably talented Hatty Keane is set to hit the big time, so look out!

 

For your chance to support acts such as JLS, Ed Sheeran, Wiley and Pitbull like Open Mic UK winner Hatty Keane, enter Open Mic UK now!

 

Alternatively, if you are a pre-teen or teenager, check out singing competition TeenStar!

Open Mic UK winner Birdy releases new album ‘Fire Within’

Open Mic UK winner Birdy, is still soaring towards stardom as she reveals her brand new album – ‘Fire Within’ – which was released earlier this month.

‘Fire Within’ follows Birdy’s eponymous 2011 debut album ‘Birdy’, which saw the young star rise to success, hitting the Top 20 in the UK and fluttering to the top spot in Belgium and Holland. The album achieved Gold status in the UK, Platinum status throughout Europe and resulted in a gargantuan 148 million views on her YouTube channel.

Since winning the Open Mic UK competition and releasing her debut album, Birdy has worked with Mumford and Sons, appeared on ‘The Hunger Games’ soundtrack, and has performed live at the Sydney Opera House, which she has cited as “one of my favourite shows.”

Birdy on the Open Mic UK competition

Birdy first felt the heat of the spotlights when she came up against 10,000 hopeful acts in the national music competition Open Mic UK at the young and impressionable age of just 12. Arriving with her trademark beautiful voice and the dream of becoming a superstar, Birdy eased her way through the auditions into both the Regional and Area finals before her glorious win at the Grand Final, where she sang her own song ‘So Be Free’. You can watch her winning performance above.

River Studios

The prize for winning the competition was studio time with long-term Open Mic UK sponsor, Gareth Henderson of River Studios, and it was the tracks recorded with him during these sessions that lead to her eventual publishing and recording contracts. Birdy has remained loyal to the studios ever since, recording the only original song on her first album (Without A Word) there, as well as working with Gareth on the vocals for ‘Fire Within’ on a regular basis.

‘Fire Within’

‘Fire Within’ is Birdy’s second album to date and will be the first album that contains mainly her own song writing. Talking about the two years since her self-titled debut album, Birdy said “It’s been an incredible few years since I released my debut album back in 2011. I’ve been writing new songs and I’m so excited for people to hear them. They come straight from my heart.” The now 17-year-old has written/co-written all of the 11 tracks that feature on the new album, showing that she has progressed as an artist phenomenally since her humble beginnings at the Open Mic UK competition.

The first song released from ‘Fire Within’ is ‘Wings’ – a soaring, anthemic track compared to the stripped back quality found in the songs on her debut. The ever-beautiful voice of Birdy floats above the piano-led track which was co-written with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Talking about the track and the collaboration Birdy said: “We wrote that in LA. It was one of my first co-writes, so it was a very, kind of, weird experience. I kind of wanted that song to really lead from the first album into the second, almost like a stepping stone, so it’s got that kind of melancholy feel, but yeah, it’s got real drive. For me the inspiration behind it is having a really wonderful time with your friends and having that memory. So, it’s kind of sad because you want to be back there, but it’s still a happy memory.” Continuing to speak on the change in sound from her first album to her second Birdy also said about the track: “It’s a real mix of the two albums I think, I really wanted that. There’s a few songs on the new album which have a really new sound, so I thought that was a good setting for it.”

Open Mic UK

Casting his mind back to first meeting Birdy, the Events Director for Open Mic UK, Chris Grayston – who first discovered the young talent, said “When we first saw Birdy, it was obvious that she had a rare talent – for someone so young she had maturity beyond her years and I’m delighted that we were able to give her help to take the first steps towards what I’m sure will be a fantastically successful career.”

You can check out Open Mic UK winner Birdy’s progress through her website, and can listen to her brand new track ‘Wings’ here.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Open Mic UK winner, book yourself an audition at Open Mic UK now.