A CROWBOROUGH musician is calling on her home town to help her earn the prize of supporting one of music's most popular rising stars.
Natalie Sexton, who lives in Hillrise, is in the running for a career-enhancing spot to take the stage before Gabriella Aplin at her show at the 02 Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.
Aplin, famous for her cover of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood classic The Power Of Love used in the John Lewis Christmas advertising campaign, has launched a competition on her website looking for unknown talent to support her on upcoming tour dates.
Miss Sexton is up against more than 340 people competing for the chance and is currently in 16th place. Following She said: The winner isn't necessarily the person in first place, as Gabriella Aplin and Parlophone Records will pick, but she will be more interested in those with a following.
Hopefully, the people of Crowborough won't mind getting online and voting for me.
It's still early days and the competition runs all month.
This isn't an original track, it's a cover of Ho Hum by a band called the Lumineers, which was quite upbeat, but I have slowed it down. The 23-year-old has embarked on a campaign on her Twitter and Facebook accounts to try and get her music noticed.
The hard part about the music industry is there are so many people who can write a song or have a good voice, she added.
Back in the old days someone would go to a gig and spot you but now it is about having hype behind you, which is where the social media comes into it.
Miss Sexton only recently turned to music after training as a theatre student at Beacon Community College and honed her skills at the ReCall Theatre, based in All Saints Church in Chapel Green. She has had plenty of work on the stage and recently appeared in panto with Cannon and Ball.
The singer-songwriter cites stars like Ed Sheeran and Nina Nesbitt as two of her favourite artists.
I also listen to a lot of 80s power ballads, things like the Eagles, she added.
I think it's a good to have a wide taste in music.
The competition runs until June 1. To vote for Natalie visit www.gabrielleaplin.co.uk/live support
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