Gran Jenny (70) says ‘will.i.am’ your roadie!

Open mike singer Will Silver with manager and gran Jenny Crunkhorn, Pinchbeck ANL-140212-165134001
Open mike singer Will Silver with manager and gran Jenny Crunkhorn, Pinchbeck ANL-140212-165134001
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A rising star says he owes his road to success to his grandma – who at 70 just happens to be his manager.

Will Silver (15) has proved the title of the song he chose, Lemar’s It’s Not That Easy, wrong by wowing the judges and earning a place in the national grand final of Open Mic UK at the Birmingham NEC in January.

A coach load of family and friends went along to Dewsbury Town Hall on Sunday for the area final – all organised by Will’s grandma Jenny Crunkhorn.

Jenny, of Primrose Crescent, Pinchbeck, said: “The Rotary Club donated £150 towards the coach and 28 of us went to watch Will.

“We are all so proud of him. There were 30 acts and only four got through to the next stage.

“I love music and going to all of Will’s gigs.

“I organise it all – I’ve run around for all of the grandchildren. I really don’t mind.”

Open Mic UK is a nationwide music competition which attracts more than 12,000 acts.

The search for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists also saw Will get through at the regional finals, which were held at the Britannia Hotel in Nottingham in October.

Music industry judges are at every stage of the music competition, with judges from the three major record labels Universal, Warner and Sony attending last year.

Bourne Academy student Will, of Church Fleet Lane, Gosberton, is competing in the aged 13 to 15 category.

Readers may have seen him perform on stage at the Spalding lights switch-on and he also took the role of Danny in Grease for the Polka Dot Academy.

Will said: “Performing is what I want to do. It’s great having my grandma as my manager. When I got through to the final her face was priceless. She is my biggest fan – no-one else comes close.”