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Number one song writer from Erith sails through to regional round of Britain Does Variety
A passionate singer/songwriter is just two performances away from a life-changing gig at The O2 Arena.
Wayne Jacobs from Erith has made it through to the regional finals of national contest Britain Does Variety with his cover of Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwo'ole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
The 50-year-old impressed five judges from the music industry with his audition and ukulele playing at The Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone on Saturday March 31.
He said: “I was really ecstatic to get through.
“One of the judges said he’d heard that song all the time on his honeymoon and it brought back memories for him.”
Wayne will be performing in the regional finals of the contest at The Hazlitt on Saturday May 12.
If he is successful he will go through to the area finals and finally have the opportunity to sing his heart out at The O2, Greenwich.
But this is not the first time the musician has tasted success in the industry.
He added: “I had a number one hit song last August in Nashville Tennessee with a country song called My Tennessee Girl which was a tribute to Johnny Cash.
“I’d watched the film Walk the Line about Johnny Cash and how he wrote a song to the rhythm of a train and I did the same thing.
“My song was about meeting a girl on the platform and every time she saw me she’d buy me an egg McMuffin.”
Tickets to see Wayne sing in the regional finals are available from britain-does-variety.co.uk.
The matinee show starts at 12.30pm for under 16s, the afternoon performance is at 4.30pm and the evening show starts at 8.30pm.