Final line-up proves Handsworth's Got Talent

By on 08/06/2009 in News

Forget Britain’s Got Talent, the line-up for Handsworth’s very own star search has now been finalised.

And the top 15 acts in the for the Handsworth Search for a Star competition will now battle it out for an exciting package of prizes to kickstart a career in the music industry.

Open to singers and rappers aged 16 or over, heats for the Handsworth Search for a Star competition took place last month and judges, including Birmingham-born singer/songwriter Apache Indian, were impressed with the standard of entrants.

The final will take place at the Library Theatre in Paradise Place on Wednesday June 24 and tickets (free) are now available from Handsworth Library, Soho Road, Birmingham B21 9DP or via email from

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sports and Culture said: “I know the judges have been delighted with the high calibre of entrants and competition will be fierce for the final.

“The quality of acts entering should come as no surprise as Birmingham has always been a creative, musical city. Who knows, maybe one of the acts in the final could go to the very top.”

Covering a wide range of musical genres including soul, gospel, rap, hip-hop, Bollywood and pop, the finalists are Natasha Brown, Mandielle Griffiths, Lavina, Lady Leshurr, Sid Gordon, Gawain Morgan, Nicholas Hamilton, Mason Binnell, Daniel Reid, Rianna Aldred, Farah Blake, Sabella Cheese, Roumel Naylette, Pallavi Pandya and Stacy-Ann Hilliard.

Apache Indian joins a judging panel with a wealth of music industry experience. His fellow judges are Jennifer Wallace from the highly acclaimed Birmingham based a cappella quintet Black Voices and Stephen Morrison of Reggae Revolution.

The winning act will receive an exciting package of prizes to kickstart a career in the music industry, including a professional portfolio of photographs, a recording session at CMAT (Handsworth’s Centre for Music & Arts Technology) and a DVD of the winning performance.

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