Teenage musician through to regional finals

Fifteen year - old Olivia Lawson of Grindon, who has made it through to the next stage of Live and Unsigned.
Fifteen year - old Olivia Lawson of Grindon, who has made it through to the next stage of Live and Unsigned.
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OLIVIA Lawson is aiming to reach for the stars in a national competition.

The 15-year-old, from The Broadway, Sunderland, has sailed through to the area final of the prestigious Live and Unsigned contest, a country-wide search to unearth new talent.

She impressed with a performance of a track from musical Miss Saigon as well a belting out a rendition of The Power of Love by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

She will now compete against other area finalists on May 12 in Newcastle in a bid to make it all the way to the grand final at London’s O2 Arena.

The Grindon Hall School pupil said: “I was put through by the judges but they said I needed to work on my audience interaction so I’ll be working on that for the next round.

“I couldn’t believe it when I found out I had made it through to the next round. I’m quite a shy person but this has given me the confidence I need.

“My whole life I have wanted to do something in music. I feel more comfortable performing for large crowds than small groups so it would be amazing to play at the O2.”

If Olivia went on to win Live and Unsigned she would scoop a slot at a music festival, studio recording time and £10,000 to spend on developing her act and music equipment.

The acts which receive the highest scores at the national final will perform at The Live Fest, an event showcasing the cream of the UK’s unsigned talent.

Chris Grayston, events director of Live and Unsigned, said: “Live and Unsigned is about originality, live ability and credibility.”

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