Sunderland busker hits jackpot in singing contest

Grosvenor Casino's Gfactor winner Charlotte Bradley.
Grosvenor Casino's Gfactor winner Charlotte Bradley.
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A Sunderland busker is celebrating hitting the jackpot in a casino talent contest.

Charlotte Bradley, 18, spends every other fortnight busking outside the Bridges to earn some extra cash.

Now her vocal range has caught the ear of judges at the G-Factor singing competition, held annually at Grosvenor Casino, Sunniside, who awarded her the top title and the £1,000 prize money, as well as a recording session.

Charlotte, who juggles busking with studying performance art at Durham College, impressed at the final with a cover of Writing’s on the Wall by Sam Smith and I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables.

“The lady at the end said she was really impressed with my performance and that I was easy to choose as the winner, which was lovely,” she said.

Charlotte added: “Singing is definitely something I want to pursue and this has given me the confidence to enter other competitions.

“I always get a good reaction when I sing outside the Bridges, the people are lovely.”

The annual G Factor competition, which ran over six weeks, aims to unearth unsigned talent in the city.

Charlotte, who has also won a recording session at The Bunker studios, in Stockton Road, impressed a judging panel made up of Kirsty Currie, executive assistant for Sunderland Bid; Liam Huitson, project manager at The Bunker and Ben Spence, marketing manager at Empire Cinema Sunderland.

A spokeswoman for the Grosvenor Casinos Sunderland team said: “The competition was packed with talent this year. Charlotte definitely stood out with her unique voice, style and outgoing attitude that made her popular from the start of the competition with customers, contestants and then the judges, impressing them with her final performance of I Dreamed A Dream Les Miserables.

“She certainly set the bar high for G-Factor 2017. We wish all the contestants the best of luck for there future and thank everyone who took part in the competition.”