A SONGSTRESS is on her way to letting the nation hear her own brand of music.
Jayne Lewis is through to the regional finals of Live and Unsigned, a music competition searching for the next big bands and artists.
The 33-year-old Seaham singer-songwriter, who classes her style as folk pop, wowed judges at the first round of auditions in the North East.
She has won her place in the regional finals in April at Tyne Theatre in Newcastle.
“It’s a bit like the X Factor,” she said. “But for people in bands or solo artists who write their own music.
“It’s for people who are more creative with their songs and singing.”
Jayne has been playing piano since she was 11 and singing since the age of 14.
She also plays guitar as well as writing her own songs.
“Music is my life,” she added. “I teach singing part-time, but the rest of the time I’m working on my own music.”
If Jayne makes it through the regional finals she will compete at the O2 Arena, in London, for the chance to win a host of top prizes.
They include a slot at a music festival, studio recording time, £10,000 for the winner to spend on developing their act and music equipment.
The acts which receive the highest scores at the National Grand Final will perform at The Live Fest, an all-day event showcasing the cream of the UK’s unsigned talent.
Jayne said that the competition was stiff to just get through to the regional heat.
“There was only one act out of every four who got through to the regionals.
“I heard some of the acts perform and the standard was so high so I feel privileged to get through.”
She added: “I would love to win”.