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The eighth annual GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition came to a dramatic crescendo at the Market Hall on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 when the top six singers competed in the final stage. It was Austin Lee Jacobs from Strandfontein who took top honours after another night of moving performances by the contestants.

He took home a prize package worth over R70 000. Included in the package is a R35 000 cash prize from GrandWest, a demo recording at Valvehouse Studios, eight sessions of career mentoring from Bev Scott-Brown Spotlight Music, eight vocal training lessons from Kim Kallie Performance Academy, a Beta-87C microphone from Wild & Marr, a live performance opportunity at The Crypt and two tickets to the Cape Music Exchange Conference 2015.

The runner up, Ruby Truter won prizes worth over R28 000, and the third place performer Stephan Erenreich took home prizes valued at R15 000. Prize sponsors included the Table Bay Hotel and Golden Valley Hotel.Commenting on the 2016 competition, Elouise Matthys, PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest, said: “As anticipated, the final stage of the 2016 Open Mic Jazz singing competition was a spectacular showcase of remarkable talent. The six finalists put on a super show which provided a fitting end to the weeks of grueling competition which started in August 2016.

“We were privileged to see some tremendous jazz performers on our stage during this year’s competition and our judging panel had a tough task deciding on our top three. We extend heartfelt congratulations to our top three and thank all of our competitors for making the competition such a great success.”

GrandWest and Heart FM have presented the Open Mic Jazz singing competition for the past eight years to give emerging jazz entertainers a platform to showcase their talent. For all contestants it is a great opportunity to shine on stage before a live audience and assess themselves against other performers.

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