Jazmine aiming high in national music contest

PUBLISHED: 09:30 27 December 2015

Jazmine Banks. Pictures: OPEN MIC UK

Jazmine Banks. Pictures: OPEN MIC UK


A talented Lowestoft singer has successfully reached the final of a national competition - and next month she will be aiming for the 

Lowestoft Players

In addition to her singing, Jazmine has been performing with the Lowestoft Players over the last four years and she had a place accepted at acclaimed performing

arts academy Italia Conti, in London, but decided to decline a place in order to concentrate purely on

being a singer-songwriter – as this was her real


Jazmine said: “I have performed live since I was 12 in the Lowestoft area, so this has definitely helped with my nerves and I have loved performing ever since I began dancing when I was four.

“Artists such as Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé and Etta James have been

big influences on my style

as I really like powerful music.”

She has also auditioned for ELAM, a music college run by Chase and Status, and will soon discover if her audition was successful but Jazmine says she thinks it went well.

ELAM is a music college which gives young musicians the opportunity to develop and showcase their talent to record companies, while providing training to produce and write their own music.

Jazmine said: “My family have all been really supportive and are very proud of me. I am the only one in the family who can sing, so they’re not sure what I get it from. My main aim is to get my music heard by as many people as possible and to improve as an artist.”

Jazmine Banks, 16, hit the high notes in reaching the final of Open Mic UK – a national singing contest, which will be held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham next year.

The teenage student at the Access to Music College in Norwich entered the competition with 12,000 singers, singer-songwriters and rappers.

She progressed through to the semi finals that were also held in the NEC last month with her performance of Katy Perry’s Unconditionally – which received high praise from the judges consisting of record producers, record labels and radio DJs.

The former Benjamin Britten High School student said: “This opportunity is a great experience and I never thought I would get this far.

“My friend took part a few years ago and its a great way of performing outside of Lowestoft and getting more people to hear me sing.

“The NEC is a massive venue and it feels brilliant to say I’ve performed in that space.”

Jazmine will take part in the over-16 category, with each age sub-category having a winner before an overall winner is chosen during the final on January 23.

The winning prize is £5,000 worth of advanced
studio recording time and singing lessons at some of 
the country’s top 

Notable previous winners include female singer-songwriter Birdy, who has gone on to have great success within the music industry with a Gold status album in the UK.

Jazmine added: “I am excited and it will be good to perform to a wider range of people, the bigger the better! My vocal coach Lloyd Wade and I haven’t decided on a song for the final yet, but it will be something that stands out.”

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