A FITNESS instructor limbered up her vocal chords to wow judges at a city talent contest.
Kimberley Olsen-Brown has been crowned as the latest winner of the G Factor, an annual competition hosted by Sunderland’s Grosvenor Casino in a bid to unearth new talent.
After a number of rounds, the 30-year-old, of Millfield, competed against 11 fellow finalists at the Sunniside casino to claim the crown.
She was presented with £1,000, as well as the chance to work with Dynamic Music Management, as part of her prize.
Kim says the contest has helped her in her battle against stage fright.
“I did a small competition at the end of last year, but I have never done anything on this scale,” she said. “I thought it would be a good chance to put myself out there a bit.
I suffer with anxiety and nerves, so I thought it would be good to put myself in a position which would make me nervous, to help me overcome it. I’ve sung in a band, but that’s safety in numbers. This was out of my comfort zone.Kimberley Olsen-Brown
“I suffer with anxiety and nerves, so I thought it would be good to put myself in a position which would make me nervous, to help me overcome it. I’ve sung in a band, but that’s safety in numbers. This was out of my comfort zone.”
Kim gave an acoustic rendition of Maria McKee’s 1990 chart-topper Show Me Heaven to win the contest.
“I was absolutely over the moon when they called my name as the winner,” she said. “It was totally unexpected and a massive bonus.”
The casino’s Sarah Hart said: “When I met Kimberley, she suffered with terrible anxiety and nerves performing. She entered this competition to try to overcome that and is so modest about her ability.
“The judges chose Kimberley as our winner because she has a natural talent and wowed the audience with an acoustic rendition of Show Me Heaven.
“She has been consistent throughout the competition and is a rising star in the North East.
“We’re delighted to have had Kimberley on our stage, and she has an amazing future ahead of her.”