Previous Winners

Teen Star Promo

OPEN MIC UK WINNER BIRDY RELEASES NEW ALBUM 'FIRE WITHIN'

Open Mic UK winner Birdy, is still soaring towards stardom as she reveals her brand new album – ‘Fire Within’ – which was released earlier this month.

‘Fire Within’ follows Open Mic UK winner Birdy’s eponymous 2011 debut album ‘Birdy’, which saw the young star rise to success, hitting the Top 20 in the UK and fluttering to the top spot in Belgium and Holland. The album achieved Gold status in the UK, Platinum status throughout Europe and resulted in a gargantuan 148 million views on her YouTube channel.

Since winning the Open Mic UK competition and releasing her debut album, Open Mic UK winner Birdy has worked with Mumford and Sons, appeared on ‘The Hunger Games’ soundtrack, and has performed live at the Sydney Opera House, which she has cited as “one of my favourite shows.''

OPEN MIC UK WINNER BIRDY ON THE OPEN MIC UK COMPETITION

Open Mic UK winner Birdy first felt the heat of the spotlights when she came up against 10,000 hopeful acts in the national music competition Open Mic UK at the young and impressionable age of just 12. Arriving with her trademark beautiful voice and the dream of becoming a superstar, Open Mic UK winner Birdy eased her way through the auditions into both the Regional and Area finals before her glorious win at the Grand Final, where she sang her own song ‘So Be Free’. You can watch her winning performance here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5892OK5o6E

OPEN MIC UK WINNER BIRDY - RIVER STUDIOS

The prize for winning the competition was studio time with long-term Open Mic UK sponsor, Gareth Henderson of River Studios, and it was the tracks recorded with him during these sessions that lead to her eventual publishing and recording contracts. Open Mic UK winner Birdy has remained loyal to the studios ever since, recording the only original song on her first album (Without A Word) there, as well as working with Gareth on the vocals for ‘Fire Within’ on a regular basis.

OPEN MIC UK WINNER BIRDY - 'FIRE WITHIN'

‘Fire Within’ is Open Mic UK winner Birdy’s second album to date and will be the first album that contains mainly her own song writing. Talking about the two years since her self-titled debut album, Open Mic UK winner Birdy said “It’s been an incredible few years since I released my debut album back in 2011. I've been writing new songs and I'm so excited for people to hear them. They come straight from my heart.” The now 17-year-old has written/co-written all of the 11 tracks that feature on the new album, showing that she has progressed as an artist phenomenally since her humble beginnings at the Open Mic UK competition.

The first song released from ‘Fire Within’ is ‘Wings’ – a soaring, anthemic track compared to the stripped back quality found in the songs on her debut. The ever-beautiful voice of Open Mic UK winner Birdy floats above the piano-led track which was co-written with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Talking about the track and the collaboration Open Mic UK winner Birdy said: “We wrote that in LA. It was one of my first co-writes, so it was a very, kind of, weird experience. I kind of wanted that song to really lead from the first album into the second, almost like a stepping stone, so it's got that kind of melancholy feel, but yeah, it's got real drive. For me the inspiration behind it is having a really wonderful time with your friends and having that memory. So, it's kind of sad because you want to be back there, but it's still a happy memory.” Continuing to speak on the change in sound from her first album to her second Birdy also said about the track: “It's a real mix of the two albums I think, I really wanted that. There's a few songs on the new album which have a really new sound, so I thought that was a good setting for it.”

OPEN MIC UK WINNER BIRDY - OPEN MIC UK

Casting his mind back to first meeting Open Mic UK winner Birdy, the Events Director for Open Mic UK, Chris Grayston – who first discovered the young talent, said “When we first saw Open Mic UK winner Birdy, it was obvious that she had a rare talent – for someone so young she had maturity beyond her years and I’m delighted that we were able to give her help to take the first steps towards what I’m sure will be a fantastically successful career.”

You can check out Open Mic UK winner Birdy’s progress through her website, and can listen to her brand new track ‘Wings’ here.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Open Mic UK winner like Birdy, book yourself an audition at Open Mic UK now.

Click below for more news

Music Industry Advice

  • HOW TO RAP


    HOW TO RAP

    Rapping with confidence, control, and emotion.

    How to Rap - Five Key Areas of Focus

    How to Rap: In this article we have focused on five key areas to help you improve your rapping techinique.Lyrics are the fundamental part of any rap …

    Read More...
  • MUSIC ARTIST MANAGEMENT


    MUSIC ARTIST MANAGEMENT

    What does Music Artist Management do?

     

    Music Artist Management: All music mangers vary and can do an array of different jobs to help artists develop every aspect of their music careers. What a manager does for you …

    Read More...
  • LOOKING FOR A MUSIC MANAGER?


    LOOKING FOR A MUSIC MANAGER?

    Should you be looking for a music manager?

    Looking for a music manager?: Certainly what we’d advise especially when starting out is just concentrate on your own affairs to begin with before you start looking …

    Read More...
  • WRITING A PRESS RELEASE


    WRITING A PRESS RELEASE 

    Putting together and writing a press release

    Writing a press release: You need something to back up your words explaining your story for your newspaper article, that’s where writing a press release, comes in. …

    Read More...
  • MUSIC PRODUCTION


    MUSIC PRODUCTION

    Choosing a recording studio for your music production 

    Music Production: You’ve spent time and effort writing your own material, so when it comes to music production – laying down your tracks, choosing a …

    Read More...
  • USING YOUTUBE


    USING YOUTUBE

    Using YouTube and uploading videos

    Using YouTube: YouTube is the most popular video platform for singers as we go to print, so using YouTube can be a great platform, although Facebook are keen to take a piece of this market, so …

    Read More...
  • FACEBOOK TOOLS


    FACEBOOK TOOLS

    Using the right Facebook tools for promotion

    Facebook Tools: Facebook is still one of the best marketing platforms for singers, musicians and songwriters to promote their music and events on, therefore utilising Facebook tools can …

    Read More...
  • FACEBOOK POSTS


    FACEBOOK POSTS 

    Facebook posts and content rules

    Facebook Posts: Getting your Facebook posts right is important. Post too little and you are in danger of getting lost in people's news feeds and forgotten. Post too much and you will irritate …

    Read More...

News

  • JAMES NEILSON CROWNED OPEN MIC UK 2017 CHAMPION!


    JAMES NEILSON CROWNED OPEN MIC UK 2017 CHAMPION!

    Future Music have crowned James Neilson Open Mic UK's 2017 overall winner

    Open Mic UK 2017 Champion: The national music competition Open Mic UK has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of …

    Read More...
  • OPEN MIC UK 2017 PRIZE WINNERS


    OPEN MIC UK 2017 PRIZE WINNERS

    Judges’ Top Scores and Prize Winners Announced

    Open Mic UK 2017 Prize Winners: The Open Mic UK 2017 Grand Final judges’ top scores and prize winners have been revealed! The national music competition …

    Read More...
  • TEENSTAR 2018 AUDITION DATES NOW RELEASED!


    TeenStar 2018 Audition Dates Now Released!

    TeenStar 2018 audition dates are now released! TeenStar, the UK’s only singing and dance competition exclusively for 19 year olds and younger, have now released their 2018 audition dates! …

    Read More...
  • SAM CLINES CROWNED OPEN MIC UK 2016 CHAMPION!


    SAM CLINES CROWNED OPEN MIC UK 2016 CHAMPION!

    Future Music have crowned Sam Clines Open Mic UK's 2016 overall winner

    Open Mic UK winner: The national singing competition Open Mic UK has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of prestigious …

    Read More...
  • OPEN MIC UK MUSIC COMPETITION WINNER


    OPEN MIC UK MUSIC COMPETITION WINNER – JUDGES’ TOP SCORES!

    The Open Mic UK music competition winner 2016 Grand Final judges’ top scores have been revealed! The Open Mic UK music competition Grand Final took place at The NEC in …

    Read More...
  • TEENSTAR 2017 AUDITION DATES NOW RELEASED!


    TeenStar audition dates now released!

    TeenStar audition dates are now released! TeenStar, the UK’s only competition exclusively for pre-teens and teenagers, have now released their audition dates! And new for this year it’s also open …

    Read More...
  • AUDITION DATES RELEASED


    AUDITION DATES RELEASED

    Music competition auditions for Open Mic UK 2016 are announced today! 

    Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2016! The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be …

    Read More...

Join us on

   Facebook Twitter YouTube Pinterest

Act Feedback

  • A&R MUSIC – ADVICE FROM THE MUSIC INDUSTRY


    A&R MUSIC – ADVICE FROM THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

    A&R music industry professionals provide advice from the Grand Final. 

    A&R Music: The Open Mic UK 2017 music competition grand final hosted the best unsigned singers from across …

    Read More...
  • NORTH EAST MUSIC CONTEST


    NORTH EAST MUSIC CONTEST

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for the North East Music Contest at Dewsbury Town Hall

        

    North East Music Contest: Open Mic UK gave budding singers North East Music Contest at the …

    Read More...
  • SOUTH ENGLAND MUSIC CONTEST


    SOUTH ENDLAND MUSIC CONTEST

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for South England Music Contest at The Engine Rooms

         

    South England Music Contest: Open Mic UK gave budding singers South England Music Contest at …

    Read More...
  • NORTH WEST AND SCOTLAND MUSIC CONTEST


    NORTH WEST AND SCOTLAND MUSIC CONTEST

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for North West and Scotland Music Contest at The Forum Theatre

        

    North West and Scotland Music Contest: Open Mic UK gave budding singers …

    Read More...
  • MIDLANDS MUSIC CONTEST


    MIDLANDS MUSIC CONTEST

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for Midlands Music Contest at The NEC

       

    Midlands Music Contest: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Midlands Music Contest at the weekend. The singers and …

    Read More...
  • LONDON MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES - 12th November


    LONDON MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for London music opportunities at the Beck Theatre

     

    London Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers London music opportunities at the weekend. The …

    Read More...
  • READING MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES


    READING MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for Reading music opportunities at Sub89

       

    Reading Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Reading music opportunities at the weekend. The …

    Read More...
  • SHEFFIELD MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES


    SHEFFIELD MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for Sheffield music opportunities at The Sheffield City Hall

       

    Sheffield Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Sheffield music …

    Read More...