Street singer Jamie wins busk­ing prize

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life - BY KERRI FITZ­PATRICK kerri.fitz­patrick@trin­i­tymir­ @Visiter

ATEENAGER from West Lan­cashire has won an award at the big­gest busk­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Lon­don.

Jamie Wood­ing, 18, from Skelmers­dale, made it to the fi­nal of the Mayor of Lon­don Gigs com­pe­ti­tion for buskers, which took place in West­field, Shep­herds Bush.

The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion in­vited young mu­si­cians to ap­ply in March. Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants were given the task of busk­ing in iconic lo­ca­tions around Lon­don.

Jamie had to vie for pub­lic votes with per­for­mances in Wem­b­ley Park, Bat­tersea Power Sta­tion and Water­loo un­der­ground sta­tion, to name but a few.

The for­mer pupil at St Bede’s High School, in Orm­skirk, has been play­ing gui­tar since the age of 13, but says he’s been singing for as long as he can re­mem­ber.

He said: “My dream is to be a singer-song­writer and em­u­late some sort of suc­cess, that the likes of Ed Sheeran and James Bay have had.

“When I was eight or nine, I’d get ner­vous, but it doesn’t faze me any more. Es­pe­cially since I per­formed in front of 1,200 peo­ple, that was at Euro Dis­ney in Paris with school.”

He en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter his dad spot­ted it on Face­book. Thou­sands of peo­ple ap­plied, with Jamie get­ting through to the last few. The judg­ing panel, made up of in­dus­try ex­perts, put Jamie through in the song­writ­ing cat­e­gory. His busk­ing also paid off, as pub­lic votes put him through again for his per­for­mance of a cover.

Although he wasn’t in the top three, Jamie won the Institute of Con­tem­po­rary Mu­sic Per­for­mance Prize. He added: “I’m ob­vi­ously a bit gut­ted I didn’t win the over­all prize, but I’m still proud as I’m still tech­ni­cally a win­ner.

“To get to the last 50, then the last 12, then the last six. It’s made me re­ally proud.”

Hav­ing just fin­ished col­lege, Jamie is tak­ing a gap year to con­cen­trate on his mu­sic. He hopes a trip to Aus­tralia to see his un­cle will give him the op­por­tu­nity to play mu­sic far­ther afield.

Jamie Wood­ing now hopes to take his mu­sic far­ther afield ROY SHEP­HERD

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