Northampton singer songwriter mounts second bid for national talent competition crown

Daniel Knight is hoping to make the final of the Open Mic UK finals - if he can wow judges again at the NEC on November 14.
Daniel Knight is hoping to make the final of the Open Mic UK finals - if he can wow judges again at the NEC on November 14.
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A busker whose regular performances in Northampton town centre has won him more than 8,000 likes on Facebook is hoping to take top prize in a national talent competition.

It will be Daniel Knight’s second attempt at taking home the Open Mic UK trophy, after making it as far as the regional finals last year.

But the singer-songwriter from Kingsthorpe has already surpassed those efforts in the 2015 competition and has wowed his way to the national semi finals at the NEC in Birmingham on Friday, November 14, having impressed judges in two heats so far.

The 29-year-old father-of-one is confident he can take the top prize this year.

He said: “I think I’m in a massively better place this year - everyone says to me I can’t believe how much you have improved.

“I’m planning on getting to the finals and I’m really confident this year.

“I’ve been putting the maximum effort in everyday.”

Open Mic UK 2015 is the biggest search for unsigned talent in the UK, and this year saw more than 10,000 enter from across the UK.

Mr Knight, who is still honing his skills in Northampton town centre through the autumn months is also on the cusp of releasing a single, Alive, on iTunes.

The singer, who had BBC radio airplay with a previous song ‘Dance’, believes it could reach the top 100.

“You need around 3,000 sales to get there,” he said. “There are a lot of people in Northampton who know me - it’s achievable.”

Mr Knight, a former factory worker, is also currently writing a song for the Northampton vulnerable persons’ charity Re:Store.

For more information about Dan and the single, out next week, head to his website http://www.danknightmusic.com/.