A musician from Flore has beaten off competition from thousands of people to make it through to the area finals of a national contest.
Will Rogers, 24, started writing music in 2011 and playing in public in 2012 when he caught ‘the bug’ for performing his songs.
With a style similar to Ed Sheeran and Frank Turner, he has won favour with the judges of Open Mic UK and is now only one of around 300 people left competing for the top prize.
He said: “I am really pleased to have made it this far and am feeling really good about it. The level of talent is a lot higher than I expected though so I will have my work cut out for me.”
Will has been performing original songs in the competition so far.
He said: “I write about all kinds of things, usually things that have happened to me or to friends and then I make them more intense. Inspiration can really come from anywhere.”
If Will won the competition he would receive £5,000 to develop his act, publicity to get his name known and help with branding and accessing industry contacts. Other prizes include recording studio time and music development classes.
He said: “It would be brilliant to win the competition and a massive step towards what I’d really like to do which is make a living doing something I enjoy.”
The area final will be held at the Birmingham NEC on November 24. To check out Will’s music in the meantime search Will Rogers Official on Soundcloud and Facebook and follow @ Will_Acoustic on Twitter.