A TALENTED musician is bidding for stardom after making it through to the regional final of a major talent competition.
Paul Cammock, 36, is hoping to impress the judges at the regional final of the Live and Unsigned competition which sees thousands of bands and musicians enter every year.
The Peterlee-based singer/songwriter, who plays acoustic guitar, will be performing at The Tyne Theatre, in Newcastle, early next month.
Unemployed Paul is focusing on his music and is quietly confident about progressing.
If he wows the judges he will be in with a chance of making the televised national final at the O2, in London, in July, where the winner will collect a main cash prize of £10,000 and the chance to play festivals across the UK.
Paul, from Barnard Wynd, Peterlee, battled against of hundreds of auditionees to secure a spot in the regional final where he will perform in front of hundreds of spectators.
Every contestant needs to perform for three-and-a-half minutes with a backing track and the set must include a cover and an example of their original music.
Paul is keeping his cover song under wraps but has confirmed he will perform his own song, Life Script. Paul, who has been singing since he was 12, said: “There is a lot of pressure on those three-and-a-half minutes where I will be singing live and playing my acoustic guitar.
“It is a big event and seems to get bigger each year. I am fairly confident and I have had a lot of support from my family and friends. Everyone who hears the music loves it.”
He describes his style as mainstream easy listening and takes his inspiration from AC/DC, Eric Clapton, Keane and Adele.
Paul is now preparing for the regional final on Sunday, April 1, at The Tyne Theatre, in Newcastle, when he will take to the stage at 8.15pm.
Live and Unsigned, which is open to all genres of music has grown attracting 50,000 entries in the past five years.