One of Wales’ top emerging musicians Kizzy Crawford has launched a music contest on behalf of Cardiff Bus ahead of this year’s Six Nations tournament.
The 18-year-old musician, who hails from Merthyr Tydfil, is seeking to unite the country’s passion for rugby and singing through the bus operator’s ‘Cardiff Bus-ker’ competition.
Kizzy, who is signed to Charlotte Church’s management company See Monkey Do Monkey, first came to the public’s attention after winning a singing competition. She has since gone on to perform at Glastonbury Festival, with airtime on BBC Radio 1, and is currently the voice of Visit Wales’ spring campaign.
In the launch video where she performs the traditional Welsh rugby anthem Bread of Heaven, she is joined by Cardiff Bus driver Bernard Jones from Fairwater. The 63 year old, who has appeared on Stars in Their Eyes as Frank Ifield and Just Up Your Street with Owen Money, has been singing as long as he’s been bus driving for over 35 years.
Entries are encouraged from musicians over the age of 16, regardless of musical style. Those wishing to enter should film themselves performing a song that showcases Wales to the world. From Bread of Heaven to Calon Lan, there are plenty of great songs that celebrate all that is great about Wales.
Following a public vote on social media, the shortlisted acts will be invited to take part in live performances in Cardiff where again the public will vote for their winner.
The act that makes the most money during their set, which will be donated to Cardiff Bus’ nominated charity Latch, will be crowned the winner securing a live session at Acapela, a top recording studio and music production house on the outskirts of Cardiff.
Acapela Studio has worked with some of Wales’ top musicians including Only Men Aloud, Charlotte Church, Wynne Evans and Bonnie Tyler.
Gareth Stevens, business development manager of Cardiff Bus, said: “Wales is known the world over for both its rugby prowess and its passion for singing and it’s at this time of year when we get to unite the two.
“There is nothing that beats the sound of Bread of Heave lifting the Millennium Stadium roof on match day!
“With emerging artists like Kizzy, we know there is a wealth of musical talent in the city. We want to give budding local musicians an amazing opportunity to be heard by thousands of people and as we carry in excess of 28 million passengers a year, we thought this would be the perfect platform.
“It was great that our driver Bernard could get involved with the launch of this competition. He really has a fantastic voice and we are thrilled that we could showcase his talents.
“We’re really looking forward to hearing the entries and would encourage musicians of all genres to enter to be in with the chance of winning this fantastic prize.”
Hywel Wigley of Acapela Studio, added: “Some of the biggest names in music began by busking and it is one of the best ways to hone your performance skills and a great place to try out new material. There is a huge amount of musical talent locally so when Cardiff Bus approached us about partnering them on this competition, we jumped at the chance to help showcase it.”
For entry details visit www.cardiffbus.com/cardiffbusker