Songwriters battle it out in a night of home-grown music

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TEENAGER Ed Gibson could be set for a career in the music business after winning The Singer and The Song talent contest.

He was crowned after eight finalists battled it out at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, on Sunday.

WINNER Ed Gibson on stage at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, after beating seven other acts. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131765-4)

WINNER Ed Gibson on stage at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, after beating seven other acts. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131765-4)

Ed, 18, from Pagham, West Sussex, said: ‘I’m so shocked. I hadn’t prepared for this at all. I genuinely didn’t think I stood a chance once I saw the other acts.

‘I’m excited about going to a recording studio. It will be interesting to try to get the best possible sound from my music.’

The eight acts, voted into the final by News readers, each performed three songs to try to win over the judges.

Southsea-based singer-songwriter Andrew Foster then performed while they deliberated.

Ed won a professional photoshoot with Blitz at Gosport, one of his songs will be played on Wave 105 and he will get to use a recording studio.

The prize also includes the help of a recording engineer, travel expenses, plus songwriter and music producer Tobin Prinz from DFA Records and Universal Music will be on hand to help out.

Ellie Jones was the runner-up and was offered the chance to use a recording studio too.

Ed will also get the opportunity to perform at The News We Can Do It Awards and The Guide Awards.

Judges were News editor Mark Waldron, Wave 105’s Andy Shier and Tobin, representing Portsmouth Festivities.

Festivities manager Samantha Worsey said: ‘This gives young artists something to take away and hopefully makes a deep impact on them. It will help them on their way into the music industry.’

The Singer And The Song was open to groups and soloists of any genre, provided they were aged 17 to 25, lived in The News circulation area, were unsigned and had at least three tracks of their own material.