A TALENTED Wigan schoolboy is hoping to strum and sing his way to the big time.
Jake McKechnie was just nine when he auditioned for TeenStar but he wowed judges and is now on his way to the regional finals in the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
The Orrell youngster’s rendition of Bruno Mars’s When I Was Your Man secured his place into the area finals on May 18. To succeed there would book him a place in the national finals at London’s 02 Arena. The winner will receive £5,000 to help kick-start their career.
Jake, who is now 10 and attends Highfield St Matthew’s Primary, said: “I am really excited. I wanted to enter because I enjoy music and performing and it is something I want to do when I am older.
“It would mean the world for me to win, as £5,000 is a lot of money. I was a bit nervous when I auditioned but got great feedback from judges on the website, who said I had amazing vocals for a nine-year-old.
“I am looking forward to the area final and I am not as nervous now as I know what is going to happen. I will be singing Wake Me Up by Avicii.”
Jake started singing three years ago and began guitar lessons last October. He is no stranger to limelight either, having previously held his own gig - An Audience with Jake - in St Helens, and sung songs on local radio. He was also Pontins 2013 champion.
Grandad Mike Mason said: “Jake has exceptional talent - people just can’t understand how a boy of that age can do it. He can sing any song and he was incredibly popular when he performed 22 songs at The Junction. He is now just trying to get his name known and see if he can get a record deal.”
To view Jake performing at the regional final visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGfjA6PWF24 or type in Jake Teenstar in YouTube’s search engine.