Kilkenny musician sings for record deal

A KILKENNY singer will be hoping to achieve a lifelong dream and secure a recording contract when she participates in the final stages of the All-Ireland Music Competition next month.

A KILKENNY singer will be hoping to achieve a lifelong dream and secure a recording contract when she participates in the final stages of the All-Ireland Music Competition next month.

Elizabeth Cunningham from Mullinavat will compete against 15 other acts from all over Ireland during the semi-final stage of the competition on January 4 at the West County Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare. The 23-year-old Waterford Institute of Technology student will be seeking to reach the final of the inaugural competition at the same venue on January 5.

Mercury Music Winner and Hot Press Best Female Artist Gemma Hayes and Eurovision winner Paul Harrington will judge the acts that emerged from regional heats to qualify for the latter stages of the competition. A recording contract and TMI representation awaits the winning act.

23-year-old Elizabeth Cunningham from Mullinavat, County Kilkenny, is currently a student at WIT studying BA Tourism Marketing. Over the last two years, Elizabeth has also qualified in Complementary and Post-Graduate Complementary Therapy in WCFE Waterford. She comes from a musical family and grew up surrounded by music. She says she is influenced musically by powerful female singers from the old time greats such as Aretha Franklin and Doris Day to more recent singers such as Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Mary J Blige, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna and Emilie Sande.

For more on the All Ireland Music Competition and for details on tickets for the Semi-Final and Final, visit www.aimc.ie. Follow the progress of the 16 finalists on the AIMC Facebook site, www.facebook.com/AllIrelandMusicCompetition