I’ve gotten to the point in my career where I’ve seen every single big musical talent show churn out ridiculously mediocre drivel into an already over-saturated market. I’ve heard enough horror stories to know that these competitions are often no more than money making conveyor belts that try to streamline the process of rock stardom for the information age.
However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to see top quality artists win them.
Enter Sarah-Beth Brown, otherwise known as Born By Wires, and her campaign to win this year’s Open Mic UK competition.
Sarah’s a friend of mine, and an awfully talented soul at that. She’s worked with tons of great acts, including the saints of Scottish indie, BMX Bandits, and has even landed a role on the classiest of Scottish dramas River City. Now, she’s hoping that her years of experience will help land her a win at the Open Mic UK 2011 Regional finals at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on the 24th of September.
But its not just about her. Sarah, who’ll be supported on the day by her friends and family, hopes that her success will show young people that, even in the most difficult of times, there’s still hope for up and coming creatives.Lots of young people including my younger brother think there’s no hope for the future,” Sarah said recently, but competitions like this show fresh promise and optimism for the future of young talented people. I really
believe this competition will change futures.”
Even if she doesn’t win, ranking high in the Open Mic UK competition exposes Sarah to so much positive press and industry attention that her career could be given a major kick start over the next few months. I for one think she can pull it off.
You can support Sarah-Beth Brown by attending the Regional Final of the Open Mic UK competition at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow on the 24th of September. Tickets are available from the official website and from Sarah herself (email sarabethbrown [AT] rocketmail.com]. For more information, contact press [AT] liveandunsigned.uk.com