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Music man's big chance to win top talent competition

PUBLISHED: 15:33 18 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:08 12 August 2010

A SINGER-songwriter has got through to the next stage of a major talent competition. Alex Holland, 26, of Hill View Road, Orpington, made it through the auditions and beat hundreds of other hopefuls at Brighton Live and Unsigned competition and is now p

A SINGER-songwriter has got through to the next stage of a major talent competition.

Alex Holland, 26, of Hill View Road, Orpington, made it through the auditions and beat hundreds of other hopefuls at Brighton Live and Unsigned competition and is now preparing for a live gig where he will compete amongst other hopefuls in a show on April 14.

Competitors will be asked to perform two songs, one of their best own written songs and one creative cover version.

Mr Holland said: "When I was told I had made it through it was like a dream. It felt like fate because I only found the competition randomly on the internet, I didn't go looking for it.

"There is nothing like performing, it is a real buzz to perform your own stuff live in front of a crowd, it is so rewarding. I'm confident I'll perform well but I haven't yet seen the competition."

His love for music was spawned when he was a child and developed while a student at the Arts Educational School in Chiswick. He later trained as a dancer and has worked in musical theatre, which he still does to supplement his music career.

He said: "I suppose I really started writing properly about five years ago when somebody lent me their studio to record in. I just got the bug and haven't looked back since."

The singer describes his style as soul, jazz and funk and lists his influences as Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. He has also worked with Felix Buxton of Basement Jaxx, who remixed his song Back Of Your Mind.

Mr Holland is now looking forward to the next stage of the tournament.

He said: "I'm nervous about getting everyone together for it but I'm excited about performing. I'm sure it will be over with before it's even started because we only get a minute and a half per song."

The competition will have winners in categories of indie, urban, pop and acoustic, and metal, with the overall winner offered a recording and management contract with Future Music and an investment of up to £20,000 to release their

single.

The next part of the competition takes place on April 14 at the Towngate Theatre, St Martins Square, Basildon.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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