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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Carlisle singer needs votes to win recording contract

A young musician who is seeking stardom through a national talent competition, needs the public’s help to keep his dream alive.

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Leon Atkinson

Guitar player Leon Atkinson, 23, of Granville Road, Carlisle, is in the running for a £100,000 recording contract and a £10,000 cash prize in a competition held by Negart records.

With voting for the Sonic Star competition due to close on Monday, the former Trinity School pupil sits in fifth place in the competition.

Organisers have just announced that the top five acts at the end of the vote will get to perform at a music festival in Nottingham later this summer, and so he is desperate to retain his spot.

Leon, who cites Noel Gallagher as his hero, only started learning to play guitar at age 18 and has yet to even perform a public gig or attend an open mic night.

However, he has managed to make his name thanks to the website soundcloud, which allows bands and artists to upload their tracks for the world to hear.

Thanks to a loyal fanbase and the use of social media, Leon has managed to beat off fierce competition from more established musicians and hopes that people will continue to support him with the clock ticking.

“I need all the help I can get as it’s always been my dream to be a musician,” said Leon.

“For me if I can play my music while taking in a bit of travel and people appreciate it, that’s all I want, it’s not about the money. It really would be a dream come true.”

Leon and his entry of Stoned in Love, are up against musicians of all genres and backgrounds who were challenged to enter an original song of their choice into the competition, with record label bosses then picking out their top 50 acts. They then threw open the competition to the public vote to find their winner.

To vote for Leon text Negart 23 to 64343

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