DORRIDGE wordsmith Elliot Fogarty recently made the finals of the UK Songwriting Contest.
Around 6,500 people entered the national competition, but Elliot was one of the talented and lucky few who had a song which reached the final stage.
Although he was disappointed not to go all the way and win, his performance was an improvement on last year - when he made the semi finals.
“I learned to play the guitar when I was eight or nine and I’ve been songwriting since I was 15,” said the 23-year-old.
“For better or worse I’ve written about 80 songs and I’d love to do it professionally.
“I know how hard it is to break into that career, but entering competitions is a great way to get your name out there and it just takes the right person to notice you.”
Elliot, a former Arden School pupil, said that it was musicians like Noel Gallagher, Morrissey and others from the Britpop era who really inspired him.
Now he plans to enter the contest next year and hopefully go one step better.
You can listen to I Know You’re Too Good - the song which won Elliot a place in the finals - at www.myspace.com/elliotfogartymusic.