Uxbridge Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - AMITA JOSHI by amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @ami­ta­joshi

A PER­FORMER who used to live in Uxbridge made her dream come true af­ter win­ning the UK’s Open Mic.

Natalie May, 27, was crowned the best out of 10,000 ap­pli­cants af­ter wow­ing judges in the fi­nal at Birm­ing­ham’s NEC.

Natalie, who now lives in Edg­ware, told the Gazette she was “that child who dreamt of be­ing a pop star since she could talk”.

She said: “I’ve wanted to sing my whole life and I heard about UK Open Mic on­line and thought it looked like a cool op­por­tu­nity for singer song­writ­ers to per­form in front of in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.”

The singer ad­mit­ted the pres­sure of the com­pe­ti­tion daunted her dur­ing the early stages and made her anx­ious, un­til she took up mindfulness and med­i­ta­tion.

“When I per­formed the first few times, the com­pet­ing as­pect was at the fore­front of my mind, whereas for the fi­nal, I told my­self I’m here be­cause I love sing­ing.”

Natalie, who has been work­ing on her new EP, due out in June, said there is so much to gain from the whole ex­pe­ri­ence, but win­ning made her feel “eu­phoric, ex­cited and full of grat­i­tude and re­lief” af­ter the seven-month process to the fi­nal.

“The fi­nal back­stage was like a con­cert, it was re­ally nice meet­ing a lot of creative artists from all gen­res,” she said.

“My motto is ‘to feel the fear and do it any­way’. Fear is to keep you in your com­fort space and you don’t grow.”

Natalie’s friends and fam­ily, who live in Har­row, trav­elled to sup­port her on the night, af­ter see­ing her soar through a num­ber of other suc­cesses.

She has pre­vi­ously re­leased club beat Sexy Sexy, which was pro­duced by Rudi­men­tal, and sup­ported Jessie J on back­ing vo­cals on the Alan Carr Show.

Lon­don DJ Nikki Beat­nik, who has played her mu­sic be­fore, said: “Natalie May is a gifted singer and writer, she is the real deal.

“I play her records all over the world.”

Natalie May gives her win­ning per­for­mance at the NEC

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