Pinchbeck student Will Silver is just a few thousand votes away from potential music stardom – and South Holland people can help him get there.
Will (15), of Maurice Chappell Way, is currently in the top 25 of Brand New Artist Christmas 2015, a competition run by music label Negart Records to find the UK’s best new singing talent.
The GCSE student at Bourne Academy is aiming to reach the top 25 by getting as many “honest votes” as possible before the end of May to qualify for the final and have the chance to record an original song onto a compilation CD to be sent right across the UK.
Will said: “I’m happy that the organisers of the competition have seen some talent and taken a liking to me because I’m very serious about having a career in music.
“I’ve always had a general love of listening to music so I thought I’d try and sing as well.
“One of my favourite artists is James Morrison, but it’s my own love of doing it which inspires me more than any particular artist.”
Will, who sang at Tulipmania earlier this month, is also competing in the regional finals of TeenStar in Huddersfield on Sunday.
But he also hopes to get as many votes as possible for Brand New Artist as whoever wins will go on a UK tour in November and December, as well as being at the heart of a media campaign to land the prestigious Christmas Number One.
“Last year, I entered Open Mic UK and reached the Grand Final in Birmingham which made me decide that music was something I wanted to take seriously,” Will said.
“Before, I was just going out and singing but now just by doing little things like weddings, parties and Pinchbeck’s Got Talent, it pushes me out there.”
Will is supported by his grandma, unofficial manager and number one fan, Jenny Crunkhorn (71) of Primrose Crescent, Pinchbeck, who said: “Will started singing when he was eight or nine, entering local competitions and joining Polka Dot Academy in Spalding.
“He’s got a beautiful voice and sings practically anything, including James Bond movie themes which he is doing at the Johnson Community Hospital Ball in July.
“Will is a bubbly, friendly, lovely, caring young man who would like to make singing his career.”
Neil Garton, owner of Negart Records, said: “We are looking for originality in a recording artist as we want to bring something new to the charts this year and, in addition, we want to bring more diversity to the music scene.
“Brand New Artist Christmas 2015 is about finding someone who has the work ethic and talent to smash the UK charts over Christmas this year.
“We will find who we are looking for and the act who receives the most honest votes will win.”
To vote for Will, call 0907 400 0015 extension 54 or text Platform 54 and send to 63333
Calls cost 50p plus your standard network charge per vote or 51p from landlines.