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'Realistic' Jim's well on track for teen stardom [Edition 7]

July 3, 2013


A BUDE teenager is hoping for a career in the music industry after reaching the final 20 in a national competition - out of 10,000 entrants.

Jim Keir, who has just completed his GCSEs at Budehaven Community School, will perform at the O2 in London on Sunday in the final of the Teen Star competition.

The 15-year-old fought off competition from thousands of others after taking part in live auditions in Cardiff and Reading.

The singer-songwriter likens his style to Newton Faulkner and Ryan Keen and says he is looking forward to stepping out on stage in front of thousands of people at the O2 but he remains levelled- headed about any future career in the industry after only picking up a guitar two years ago.

Everyone and their gran wants to be famous and make it in the music industry but I am quite realistic about it, he said.

I try to be different and have a unique style.

From the audition stages I saw that those who were arrogant, who had big egos and weren't able to take criticism, didn't do so well. A lot of people who were focused on themselves didn't get through.

If you are going to make it you need to be prepared for criticism and to be shot down in flames. I play a lot of gigs in pubs and you have to realise that people will walk out if they don't like the sound of your voice or your style of music.

I want to be open with people and for my music to be open to most people.

His love affair with music began at 13 when he was bought a guitar for his birthday.

For Sunday's final, however, he is planning a different style of track - by performing a version of rapper Coolio's Gangster's Paradise, a 1990s' hit.

And he was pleased just to have made it this far.

I said to myself that I'd be very happy just to get to the semifinals, he said. That was my goal and I am completely happy.

His progress has already seen him get notice locally, with gigs secured at the Leopolloza Festival in Bude and the Looe Festival.

But if a career in the industry doesn't work out, Jim said it wouldn't be the end of the world.

I am going to Exeter College in September to study English, history, music and law, he explained, adding that a career in law would interest him.

A career in the Navy is also something I'd consider - my dad was in the Navy for 24 years and my mum for 12 years.

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