Teen singer from Hanging Heaton makes it to national final of contest

FINALIST: Kasia Howley, 14, has made it to the national grand final of the Open Mic UK singing competition. Picture courtesy of Andrew Benge Photography.
FINALIST: Kasia Howley, 14, has made it to the national grand final of the Open Mic UK singing competition. Picture courtesy of Andrew Benge Photography.

TOMORROW, a 14-year-old singer will be performing at one of London’s biggest venues in a bid to win a major music competition.

Kasia Howley wowed judges at the regional final of Open Mic UK 2010 at Dewsbury Town Hall last month when she was put through to sing at The O2 in London.

Mum Christina said: “The judges in the last round said she was one of the strongest vocalists on the day. She’s got a massive range so she can sing anything. Anybody can see she has got a fantastic voice, and for a 14-year-old, she has got something special.”

In the last round of the contest, Mrs Howley and her husband, former Dewsbury Rams player Patrick Howley, joined Alan Shearer in the audience. His daughter was competing against Kasia.

Kasia, of Hanging Heaton, has been dancing since she was three, and started singing five years ago. She is regularly involved in productions at the Stuart Stage School in Heckmondwike and Heckmondwike Grammar School, where staff have been very supportive.

But Kasia will need more than just experience to be in with a chance of winning the top award of a recording contract and prizes worth £50,000.

Kasia’s success in the contest partly relies on how many times the video of her most recent performance is watched, and how many text votes she gets.

To vote for Kasia, text Open47 to 86222 before tomorrow. Texts cost £1 each.

Click on the link to the right of the story to watch Kasia’s video.