A BARNSLEY songbird has made it through to the regional finals of the prestigious Open Mic UK singing competition.

Carmel Harrison, 27, will now be performing in the live showcases of the competition.

Open Mic UK 2014 is the biggest search for unsigned talent in the UK, and travels the country every year in search for the UK’s best singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres performing either covers or their own original material.

Carmel, who lives in Old Mill Lane with her partner, is a music teacher and musician.

Thousands of hopefuls entered the competition and hundreds of auditionees attended on the day for their turn to impress the judges.

Those who made it through the audition stage, including Carmel, will now take part in a live head-to-head battle alongside the best talent in their region, performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a music industry judging panel in Sheffield on October 12.