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Exeter's Holly makes it through to national Open Mic finals

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

By Mike Byrne

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Exeter's 16 year-old Holly Morwenna Rawlingshas made it through to the Grand Final of the national music competition Open Mic UK.

The finalists will now perform in front of an audience and celebrity judging panel at The NEC in Birmingham.

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist, Holly , says the competition has opened up so many new opportunities for her and thanks her family, music teachers and committed friends and fans for supporting her throughout the competition.

After impressing the judging panel at auditions against almost 10,000 other unsigned musicians across the UK, they went on to perform in the Open Mic UK live showcases, battling through both Regional and Area final heats. They’re now set to perform at the Open Mic UK 2013 Grand Final at The NEC in Birmingham on 18th January 2014 where they will be fighting to win a £5000 cash prize to spend on the development of their act.

Previous Open Mic UK winner Birdy at just 17 years of age has become a favourite on BBC Radio 1 after her breakthrough debut single “Skinny Love” originally by Bon Iver charted in the UK and across Europe.

There’s over £50,000 in prizes this year and the overall winner will be offered £5,000 cash to spend on the development of their music, with other cash runner-up prizes. The winners will also be given extensive publicity packages and have the opportunity to tour across the UK.

For information on where to see Holly Morwenna perform locally follow HollyMorwennaMusic her on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter, www.facebook.com/hollymorwennamusic, www.youtube.com/hollymorwennamusic @x_morwennah_x

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