JAMES Tattington has been crowned the champion of the All About the Song competition.
The 24-year-old from Southsea took the title after impressing the judges in the songwriting contest, which is backed by The News.
The final took place in front of a crowd at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea.
James, who goes under the stage name of Fugitive Orchestra, has now won the chance to record music at Air Studios in London as well as being offered advice from studio owner and judge Paul Woolfe.
Paul is the CEO and co-owner of Air Studios and Strongroom Studios.
James said he was hugely surprised to be crowned the winner.
It’s pretty amazing. I completely didn’t expect it and it’s a complete privilege to be among all the other winners who are all amazingJames Tattington
‘It’s pretty amazing. I completely didn’t expect it and it’s a complete privilege to be among all the other winners who are all amazing,’ he said.
‘It’s fantastic. It’s hugely important.
‘I do class myself as a songwriter and I really do pride myself in my songwriting so to be recognised for that is just amazing and it’s an honour really.’
Paul said: ‘We thought they were all great.
‘But I think James has got some very interesting talent.
‘My view of the music business has always been that you have either got supreme talent or you have got something that makes you stand out from the crowd.
Steve Pitt, who runs The Cellars in Eastney, was also a judge at the competition. He added: ‘James is a really interesting lyricist. He’s got a quirky way about him. He’s got a distinctive voice.
‘We thought that because of the way he is writing and with the interesting ideas that he would benefit the most from being in the studios.’
The other judges were Geoff Priestley from the Wedge and musician Chris Ricketts,
The runner-up was 44-year-old Gareth Howells from Eastney who went home with a £50 voucher.
Other finalists were Sarah Corcoran, 29, from North End who performs as Bluebird, duo Ash Watson, 27, from Clanfield and Pascal Headley, 32, from North End, who perform as Watson and the Wildfires and finally Matt Little, 56, from Rowlands Castle.
The annual contest is part of the Portsmouth Festivities and is also supported by Express FM.
It is open to all unsigned singer songwriters and acoustic performers of original material within the PO postcode area.