Two talented musicians from Banbury are one step closer to performing at the grand final of a nationwide talent show.
The duo Baleve, which comprises 29-year-old Adam and 23-year-old Jay, wowed the judges at the Open Mic UK auditions at Birmingham’s NEC last month and the talents are certain their future is bright.
“We’re going to win the whole thing,” said Jay, who uses his artist name Jaythree when it comes to his music career.
Guitarist Adam, or AdB, and vocalist Jaythree only began working together about eight months ago but since then their collaboration has been going from strength to strength with the next challenge being the Open Mic UK regional finals at the NEC on October 5.
“It’s a really big thing for us but it’s also a big thing for Banbury because hopefully it shows younger people that you really can follow your dreams and do something different,” said Jaythree.
If Baleve are successful in the regional finals the next step will be the grand final at the O2 in London. The overall winner of the competition will receive a range of prizes, including £5,000 to spend on career development. Open Mic UK is presented by Future Music – the company behind the development of artists such as Birdy, Jahmene Douglas and Lucy Spraggan – and previous finalist include Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and R&B /pop singer Hatty Keane.
Another from Banburyshire who has also made it through to the regional finals is 13-year-old Will Homewood from Sibford School.
To support Baleve on the day you can get tickets online at www.openmicuk.co.uk or by contacting the band directly.
To see what the duo are getting up to, visit www.facebook.com/Jaythreeadb or follow them on Twitter @Baleve3B