Local Girl Totie Southwell to Perform at the NEC

totie-southwell-2Totie Southwell  of Gillotts School and Shiplake College has wowed the crowd and judging panel at the Open Mic UK Regional Showcase and Area Finals.

Thousands of acts entered Open Mic UK 2013 and the best unsigned singers from across the country were chosen to perform at the live Regional Final shows. Totie performed in front of a capacity audience and professional judging panel at Sub 89 in Reading in November. Totie won the Regional final and went on to perform at the Area Finals in LONDON where she was chosen to progress to the National Grand Final at the NEC on  18 January 2014.

A spokesperson for Open Mic UK commented “We are searching for an act that not only has the ability to impress an audience, industry judges and A&R associates, but an act that has the potential to become a professional recording artist. Acts that have made it are just one step away from performing at the best live music venue in the country!”

The competition is divided into three age categories; Under 16, 16-20 and 21 and Over. All types of singers, vocal performers, groups and acoustic singer/songwriters are invited to enter Open Mic UK.

The competition is brought to you by Future Music; the company behind the discovery of artists such as Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas both of which are now signed to Sony Music.

Previous winner of Open Mic UK Birdy still at only 17 years of age has become a favourite on Radio 1 after her breakthrough debut single “Skinny Love” originally by Bon Iver charted in the UK and across Europe. Her self-titled debut album Birdy was released to similar success, peaking at No.1 in Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Totie has been performing locally from a young age at Redroofs Theatre School, JPA and on the stage of The Kenton in the HYF. After studying at ACM in Guildford, Totie has spent the last 4 years focusing on songwriting and performing.  Recently Totie headlined the Wallingford Christmas Festival and has been a regular performer at The Henley Fringe.

Totie says that, “ the open mic competition has been a great experience. I am really looking forward to singing my music at the NEC.”  Totie has recently written the film sound tracks to two short films and has been commissioned to write the music for a charity documentary for India.

To support Totie at the Open Mic in January please contact Caleb Southwell. Tickets cost £20.00 or £30.00 to have a seat on the support coach. (caleb.southwell@ibs-uk.net)

To buy Totie’s song HOLDING ON please visit itunes.apple.com/gb/album/holding-on-single/id65823520