Chantal hits the top notes

Chantal Maltby at the Live and Unsigned competition
Chantal Maltby at the Live and Unsigned competition

A BRIDLINGTON singer has caught the eye of the judging panel of the UK’s biggest original music competition.

Chantal Maltby, 22, sailed through the audition stage of Live And Unsigned and is now preparing for the Regional Final Showcase Live and Unsigned on Saturday, March 31, at Dewsbury Town Hall.

She is hoping for the opportunity to progress towards the Grand Final at Live Fest at The O2 in London.

The former St Mary’s Primary School pupil, who now lives in Leeds, said: “The first audition in Huddersfield went really well and I got some good feedback. It was a great experience.

“I am focussing all my attention on the Regional Final now, I don’t know how far I can go, all I can do is keep trying my best and see where I end up.”

Chantal, whose family still live in Bridlington and is a regular visitor to the town, battled against hundreds of auditionees to secure a spot in the live shows.

She will now perform in front of hundreds of spectators as she looks to book herself a place in the Grand Final amongst some of the most talented performers in the country.

She added: “I have been working really hard for the Regional Final and putting in a lot practice.

“I will be singing one of my own songs, Butterflies, as well as Vanessa Carlton’s 1,000 Miles.

“I have only got three and a half minutes though so it is going to be difficult to fit them both in, I need to make sure that the transition from one song to the next is seemless.”

The best acts in the competition will also get the opportunity to play at some of the biggest festivals in the UK from over 100 Festival slots including Beach Break Live, Boardmasters, Bearded Theory, Strawberry Fields and Osfest.

Live and Unsigned, which has attracted over 50,000 entries in the past five years, is also the subject of an exclusive fly-on-the-wall documentary for the Sky TV Network.