A high street busker from Northampton is another step closer to achieving his dream of stardom after landing himself a spot in the grand final of a national talent competition.
Kingsthorpe man Daniel Knight, who gave up his day-job as a sandwich packer at the start of 2014 to focus on music, is starting to see his commitment pay off, after learning he had been picked to go through to the finals of Open Mic UK.
The singer-songwriter and regular busker in Northampton town centre had already wowed his way to the national semi-finals at the NEC in Birmingham on November 14, breezing through two regional heats.
But there was initial disappointment following his NEC performance as Mr Knight, 29, narrowly missed out on one of the automatic places in the final on the night.
Instead, he was forced to enter a public vote and was pitted against another 80 artists from the region all competing for just one “wildcard” spot in the final.
But dad-of-one Daniel came out top of the poll and will now be heading to the grand final at the NEC on January 23.
He said: “When the result of the vote came through, I was just so happy.
“I just want to put a massive thank you out there for the people that voted for me.”
Open Mic UK 2015, claims to be the biggest search for unsigned talent in the UK, and this year saw more than 10,000 enter from across the UK.
The grand finalists will perform in front of front of representatives from some of the UK’s top music labels and the winner will receive £5,000 to help them kick off their music career.
Previous winners of the competition include female artist Birdy, whose eponymous debut album charted in the top 10 in the UK and number one in Australia.
Mr Knight, who unlike many other entrants sings original songs rather than covers, is currently writing a track especially for the final around the theme of homelessness.
“To win would mean a lot to me,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of knock-backs and rejections, it would be so nice to have something positive.”