Banbury’s Got Talent has a new star in the making as 17-year-old Jamie Felton won this year’s final at Banbury’s Mill Arts Centre on Sunday.
The Marlborough School student lives in Ardley near Bicester and his performance of Olly Murs’ song Troublemaker added the Banbury title with his other wins in Talent Oxford and Talent Aylesbury.
His dad Mark said: “Jamie took part in the event last year and is really chuffed about winning the event this year. He is currently finishing his A-levels and is hoping to go to music school. He has been accepted and offered places at Bimm Music College and Guildford Music School and auctioned at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.”
Jamie has also made two CDs which comprise his own songs which he sells at his gigs. He has played more than 200 live performances in pubs and clubs and was hired by Bicester Town Council for their Christmas Lights and Carnival event for the past three years.
He has also featured at festivals and even played live on BBC Radio Oxford during the Will Gompertz show.
Talent spotters from Moon on the Stick Productions and The Mill were searching for the next contenders for Banbury’s Got Talent since November, and the completed line-up with Jamie included Miah Collis, Abigail Skelder, Not My Brother, Amelia Cowley, Kimberley Deasey, Marley and D, Maddison Desborough, George Rose, Alex England and the Julie Bruce Dancers.
Martin Cabble-Reid, producer of Banbury’s Got Talent, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic event and we discovered there is still a lot of talent in Banbury, especially in the younger generation.
“We found there was a lot of them looking for a platform to perform on and some had even got recordings of their own CDs. They know how hard it is in this business to get right to the top.
“Jamie not only plays the guitar and also the drums and writes his own songs. He came back after last year and we found his voice this year was much stronger. He was brilliant with the guitar and does a lot of gigs around Banbury so he is incredibly hard working and knows his stuff.”
Mr Cabble-Reid added that as part of winning Banbury’s got Talent, Jamie will have the opportunity to host a gig of his own at The Mill Arts Centre, to be organised later this year.