FLEETWOOD youngster Jamie Fairbanks has claimed a hat-trick of talent contest successes.
And his latest triumph has put the talented 11-year-old singer in the regional finals of the UK Open Mic competition.
He will step up to sing at the Royal Northern College of Music on October 14, dreaming of a place in the final at the O2 Arena and a prize fund of £50,000.
Jamie, of Borrowdale Avenue, Fleetwood, won a talent spotters competition at Fleetwood High School in May and in June topped a talent competition in Fleetwood held as part of a Diamond Jubilee party.
His biggest test was at the Palace Hotel, Manchester, for the Open Mic auditions where he came through with flying colours with his version of Bruno Mars’ hit Grenade where judges told him it was a “great song choice and fab voice”.
Mum Colette Fairbanks added: “He has always sung – he was singing before he could talk. “When he was at Shakespeare Primary School they detected his talent and they said he needed to nurture it.
“He’s talented but he’s not a show-off. He has been learning guitar for a year and I hope he will have some sort of future in music, but I don’t know what.” Jamie said: “I don’t worry about singing on stage – I’ve got lots of confidence. I just enjoy singing.”
As well as Bruno Mars, Jamie’s repertoire draws on pop bands Maroon 5 and Train and rapper Chris Brown. To develop his talent Jamie attends the Time Stage School in Fleetwood where he has been coached by Jill Maxwell-Carr.
Mrs Maxwell Carr said: “Jamie came to me just over a year ago.
““He has a natural talent for singing but it needed to be brought out.
“He has also developed some performance skills so he could move well on stage.
“He has done very well to get into the regional finals.”
If Jamie is successful in the regional final he will face an area event as the next step to the final on January 19, 2013.