SUNDERLAND singer Ange Telford is hoping she has what it takes to wow the crowds in a prestigious national contest.
The 24-year-old’s distinctive sound has earned her a place in the regional final of Open Mic UK 2012.
Held annually, the high-profile contest scours the country to unearth the UK’s best emerging singers, songwriters and rappers.
If Ange makes it through the regional final, held in Newcastle on October 27, she will be one step closer to singing at the national final at London’s O2 venue.
Ange, who lives in Chester Road, said: “I got some great feedback from the first round.
“I sang an original song and they said my portrayal of the emotion in the song and the eye contact I gave was just what they were looking for.
“I’m a bit nervous for the next round as it’s probably the biggest competition I’ve ever played in, but it’s a great experience.”
Northern Ireland-born Ange has honed her skills at open mic nights across the North East where she plays her own material while also putting her own acoustic spin on cover versions.
She juggles her gigs with her day job as a PR executive for Riley’s Sports Bars.
“I have always sung,” she said. “I took part in talent shows when I was younger, but it wasn’t until I came to Sunderland for uni that I began to teach myself to play guitar.
“I think I spent more of my university years at open mic nights in Paddy Whacks than I did in uni.
“I think I would break down and cry if I made it to the final. The 02 is the kind of venue that every musician dreams of playing at.
“I’m also really looking forward to getting feedback from the industry professionals.”
Finalists, chosen from the thousands who have entered the contest, are vying for the chance to win £50,000 worth of prizes including recording studio time and music development classes.
l To learn more about Ange’s music visit www. facebook.com/angetelford.