Risca singer closes in on top UK music prize

4:50pm Tuesday 12th April 2011

A SINGER-SONGWRITER from Risca has beaten off more than 10,000 other acts to make it to the semi-finals of a major music competition.

John Godwin, 27, will compete in one of seven area finals for Live and Unsigned - known as the UK's biggest battle of the bands.

The penultimate heat will see him compete against 16 other acts from Wales and Southern England, in an attempt to secure one of 60 slots at the Grand Finals at London's 02 arena this summer.

The overall competition winner will take home a £50,000 recording contract and a world tour including dates in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

Acoustic guitarist Mr Godwin has been playing in bands since his early teens.

But he only took up music full time five months ago after success running open-mic nights prompted him to give up his job as a child support worker.

His father Alan Godwin entered him into Live and Unsigned without his knowledge, but Mr Godwin said he is hoping his individual take on music will help him make it to the competition's final stage.

He said: "I'm very soul influenced - I like the sounds of Prince and Michael Jackson.

“It's still acoustic but it's funky. I work hard with the performances I put together, so hopefully it will pay off."

Mr Godwin will perform at the area finals in Hayes, Middlesex, on May 15.

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