Saturday saw finalists from the second “Sutton Has Musical Talent” competition line up at the Gracechurch Shopping Centre in front of shoppers, family and friends to sing their hearts out. Presiding were judges Angela Henderson (Centre Manager), Mark Wilkinson (BID Board member) and Head Judge Stephen Roberts (BID Chairman) who were overwhelmed at the breadth of talent on display.
Head judge & BID Chairman Stephen Roberts said:
“we are totally committed to the talent competition and the Month of Music and have been rewarded today with some truly excellent performances.”
15-year-old Streetly Academian Kacey McCann kicked things off with a powerful rendition of “Out Here on My Own” by Irene Kara which drew in the crowds; 24 year-old Jim Kirkham cut a cool figure in shades in what turned out to be a sweltering afternoon and gave us an excellent version of “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley and rounding things off were veteran performers Ray and Maureen Davies who’s foot-stomping rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison” raised the roof.
Winner of the “Under 18” age category was 17-year-old Sutton Coldfield Grammar School girl, Seren Parri who sang “Life on Mars” by David Bowie and “Wishing you were Somewhere Here Again” from Phantom of the Opera. Her ambition is to play the first female Phantom in the West End and we’re certain she’ll get there: a worthy winner.
Triumphant in the “Over 18” age category was Ryan McNally, a familiar busker to shoppers in Sutton Coldfield, who sang the Ed Sheeran hit; “Castle of the Hill” and one of his own compositions: “Call me Back.” Ryan’s music is a reflection of both the struggles he had growing up with anxiety as well as his other experiences as an adult.
The judges were so impressed with all the performances that they decided to select an overall winner from outside the two category winners. Kacey McCann astonished them with the power, range and versatility of her vocals and was considered an outstanding prospect for the future, making her the overall winner of 2018’s “Sutton Has Musical Talent” competition.