New album and national competition for Lancaster songwriter

Imogen Mechie
Imogen Mechie
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Lancaster songstress Imogen Mechie has got through to the second round of a national open mic comepetion.

The former Lancaster Girls Grammer School pupil has spent most of the summer recording her debut album Breathless at Lancaster University, but also entered the Open Mic UK competition, which will see her perform before an audience and judges in Sheffield on Sunday, September 29.

Imogen, 18, who is just about to go off to study at Cambridge University, said: “I got through the first round of Open Mic UK in Manchester and am now into round two of four in Sheffield.

“If I’m successful I’ll perform down at the 02 Arena in London in the final and a number of very noteworthy artists have started there, for example Birdy.

“I like to draw inspiration from my experiences and topical issues for my songwriting - you can have a listen at, which just got up and running this weekend”.

In 2010, Imogen came second in the National Young Songwriter of the Year competition with her song Build My Wings which helped to raise £3,000 for Barnardo’s Children’s Charity.

Since then she has performed in lots of different local venues including The Winter Gardens in Morecambe and The Priory in Lancaster.

Imogen performs in from of judges and an audience in Sheffield this Sunday September 29, so this Sunday, and will be singing a new song called Wrinkles which is about all about her experiences travelling around South-East Asia and has been a particular hit at recent gigs.

Her album Breathless is due for release on November 1 from her website.