Amy is set for a crack at UK open mic title

Uddingston singer-songwriter Amy Shields
Uddingston singer-songwriter Amy Shields
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An Uddingston Grammar School former pupil who once starred in the school’s version of “Grease” is set to compete in a major music contest.

Singer-songwriter Amy Shields (18) has made it through to the UK regional final of the Open Mic UK 2013 Regionals Finals, and will perform live at Glasgow’s prestigious Fruitmarket venue in Candleriggs on October 19.

She said: “I have my own particular style and my own songs - and am delighted I’ve managed to get a place in a contest that attracts so many talented musicians.

“To get this far is great - but there’s the potential to go even further, and maybe win a place at the UK final.”]

Amy recently began studying Commercial Music at the University of the West of Scotland in Ayr, and is relishing the challenge of performing her original songs on Glasgow’s vibrant livem music circuit - before taking her talent further afield.

Even if she doesn’t make it to the grand final at London’s O2 venue the regional final is reckoned a highly promising debut event.

Open Mic UK 2013 is the biggest music competition in the UK for singers and solo artists, searching for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres, who perform either covers or original material.

Thousands of hopefuls entered nationwide and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day for their turn to impress the judges.

Events Coordinator Chris Grayston said “Every year that we hold this competition the bar is raised and the quality gets higher and higher.

“For promising singers, song-writers, rappers and vocalists, Open Mic UK provides a real opportunity to open the door to a music career by showcasing their talent to music industry professionals and audiences across the country.”