Aug 13 2009 Harrow Observer
30-year-old Samantha Lloyd is finding her voice in a national competition, writes ENOBA KHARE
SINGER Samantha Lloyd is one step closer to her dream after getting past the first stage of a national talent competition. The 30-year-old of Hibbert Road, Harrow, auditioned for an X Factor-style contest called Open Mic UK. She got through and is now planning her live show.
The three-staged search is for singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres.
From auditions to live shows to the national finals, talented hopefuls have the chance to showcase their skills in front of celebrities.The winner gets the opportunity to record their own album in a professional studio and tour the UK with mass media exposure.
Now going by the stage name of Shay Shay Dee, Samantha Lloyd joined the contest's mailing list after trying out for The X Factor three times and not making it past the first round. Shortly afterwards, she received a letter from Open Mic UK inviting her to an audition at the Beck Theatre, Middlesex.
She said: "I'd just been trying to get my name out there and promote myself so I signed up for the Open Mic auditions. I had no idea where it would take me."
Samantha has been singing all her life but only started pursuing a professional career five years ago.
She says the reason she started so late was because she thought that there was little or no chance of success in the UK.
"I wasn't into the music scene because I thought it's all happening in America, but I saw sites like MySpace and I watched U Channel and thought maybe I can make it too," she said.
She has since set up her own MySpace site and joined Facebook, where she promotes her music, including her song Misfit which she sang during her audition. The track is a feel-good motivational track about a guy who feels he isn't right for his girl.
She added: "Anyone who has ever felt left out or is feeling things aren't going their way will be able to relate to this song. I failed at everything else I tried to do; now I don't know where this competition will take me."