Singing sensation Kirsty Slack, 27, from Rotherham, has been warming up her vocal chords and getting ready to hit some high notes to help the hospital charity improve end of life care.
Kirsty, spends her days working as a Training Officer for NHS Rotherham, but by night she is a singing superstar and recently fought off stiff competition to make it through to the regional finals of the music competition - Open Mic UK.
If she’s successful at the regional heats in a few weeks time then she will get the chance to perform in front of thousands of people at the O2 Arena in London.
The overall prize for the national competition is a recording contract and tour of the UK, but Kirsty says:
“Obviously it’s exciting to think what might happen if I win, but it’s not just about the fame, one of the main reasons I am doing this is to raise money and help people at the end of their life. I wanted to do something for a local charity, for local people, to really make a difference - that’s why I chose the
Purple Butterfly Appeal.
“I am very excited but very nervous as well - there’s so much to do to prepare but I’ve wanted to be in a competition like this ever since I was little, and it’s only recently I’ve had the confidence. My biggest challenge is to try to stand out amongst the other contestants, as there are some fantastic voices in the
Over 8000 acts from across the UK auditioned for the competition last year, but Kirsty has been working hard to make sure she is prepared for this year’s challenge:
“I recently spent a few hours in a recording studio, recording my version of ‘Perfect’ by Fairground Attraction, which is the song I sang at my audition. It was good fun and gave me some practice for the show.”
Kirsty is encouraging people to cheer her on as she takes to the stage at Sheffield City Hall on the 26th September. You can also sponsor her by visiting her online sponsorship page at www.justgiving.com/Rotherhamhospitalcharity-Kirsty-Slack. Also follow her story on Facebook group:
Kirsty Slack-Open Mic Uk Contestant