Austin Lee’s voice wins a bundle

2016-10-11 06:00
Austin Lee Jacobs

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A Strandfontein man has nabbed a coveted win in a tightly fought singing competition.

The eighth annual GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition came to a crescendo at the Market Hall recently when the top six singers competed in the final.

Austin Lee Jacobs took top honours and won prizes worth more than R70 000. Included is a R35 000 cash prize from GrandWest, a demo recording at Valvehouse Studios, eight sessions of career mentoring from Bev Scott-Brown Spotlight Music, eight vocal training lessons from Kim Kallie Performance Academy, a Beta-87C microphone from Wild and Marr, a live performance opportunity at the Crypt and two tickets to the Cape Music Exchange Conference.

The runner-up, Ruby Truter, won prizes worth more than R28 000, and the third place performer, Stephan Erenreich, took home prizes valued at R15 000.

Prize sponsors included the Table Bay Hotel and Golden Valley Hotel.

Elouise Matthys, spokesperson and promotions manager of GrandWest, says: “As anticipated, the final stage of this year’s Open Mic Jazz singing competition was a spectacular showcase of remarkable talent. The six finalists put on a super show, which provided a fitting end to the weeks of gruelling competition which started in August.

“We were privileged to see some tremendous jazz performers on our stage during this year’s competition and our judging panel had a tough task deciding on our top three. We extend heartfelt congratulations to our top three and thank all of our competitors for making the competition such a great success.”

GrandWest and Heart FM have presented the Open Mic Jazz singing competition for the past eight years to give emerging jazz entertainers a platform to showcase their talent.

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