Singing their hearts out

2018-10-16 06:01
Maxine Smith, Aden Thomas, Jodi Fredericks, Mervyn Naidoo, Lauren Hendricks, Thulisa Keyi , Caitlin Farmer, Winiqua Amos and Marce Underwood PHOTO: Supplied

Maxine Smith, Aden Thomas, Jodi Fredericks, Mervyn Naidoo, Lauren Hendricks, Thulisa Keyi , Caitlin Farmer, Winiqua Amos and Marce Underwood PHOTO: Supplied

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With more than R200 000 worth of prizes up for grabs, six local women sang their hearts out in the hopes of taking home the crown in the 10th annual Open Mic Jazz singing competition.

But it was third time’s the charm for Lauren Hendricks from Diep River who won first prize this year.

The competition, conceptualised by Bev Scott Brown a decade ago, creates a platform for up-and-coming non-professional singers to show off their talent to the public.

Presented by GrandWest, the season came to an end at the finals held on Wednesday at the GrandArena.

“It has been a wonderful season and this is the culmination of that season,” says Clarence Ford. “Music is such an important part of our being.”

Ford was joined by Brown, Joe Schaffers and Neil Benjamin on the judging panel.

Mervyn Naidoo, general manager of GrandWest, says: “This is a special milestone [for the competition]. It is the 10th anniversary of the competition. Who would have thought it would grow bigger and better every year.”

Twelve hopefuls took to the stage on Tuesday last week for the semi-finals with Marce Underwood from Mowbray, Caitlin Farmer from Maitland, Jodi Fredericks from Parow, Winiqua Amos from Plumstead and Maxine Smith from Kuils River joining Hendricks in the finals. Hendricks took home R40 000 in cash and a lot of other prizes, including a recording deal. The second place winner was Fredericks and Farmer in third.

“I want to thank the Open Mic Jazz community, the organisers, the judges and the supporters, for the opportunity. I feel super blessed and grateful. It came at the right time. The jazz industry is a tough industry and I have worked hard this year, this is like my reward,” says Hendricks.

The competition was open to all non-professional jazz singers.

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