A BUXTON singer has been given the big thumbs up by judges in auditions for a national talent competition.
Along with other impressive acts, Maria Carr has made it through to the regional finals of Open Mic UK and will now be competing in the 16-22 age category for a place in the national final at The O2 in London and the chance to grab a breakthrough recording contract.
The 19-year-old performing arts student, who has never had professional singing lessons, performed the songs You’ve Got a Friend and True Colours at her audition, and afterwards she said: “I’m really pleased to get through the auditions to the next round. I think it will be a good experience for me.”
Maria is no stranger to singing success, having won the Buxton Factor competition at the age of 15.
A former member of Buxton Drama League, she has also been a runner-up in the Dove’s Got Talent and Chesterfield’s Search for a Star competitions.
And she was the lead singer with local function band Disfunktional before embarking on a solo career, and currently performs gigs in pubs, as well as at functions and weddings.
She will next be performing in the Open Mic UK competition at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday September 25.
Anyone wishing to go along and support Maria can purchase tickets by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.openmicuk.co.uk, where you will also find more information about Open Mic UK.