AN up-and-coming soloist from Solihull has impressed judges with his self-penned entries to an online competition.
Acoustic guitarist and singer Elliot Fogarty, aged 22, entered six of his own songs into the Pop Category of the UK Songwriting Contest (UKSC) and was announced as a semi-finalist on Sunday.
The former Arden School pupil said: "Although I've been writing music for many years and have performed a few gigs in Coventry while I was a student, I thought this competition would be worthwhile to enter and I'm delighted to have been selected as a semi-finalist."
His prize included free song copyright registration and a Finalist's Certificate.
The ten-category competition, now in its seventh year, is dedicated to promoting the art of songwriting and the discovery of new talent.
More than 6,000 hopefuls entered this year and were eventually whittled down to 300 finalists, before ten winners from each of the categories were selected.
And much to Elliot's surprise, all his songs were selected as semi-finalists and one, titled I Can't Wait For You, was even commended by music industry experts.
Big names from the music business often spot talent from the nationwide contest founded in association with the BRIT Trust (the organisation behind the BRIT Awards).
As last year's winner Natalie Chua proved when she was snapped up by Simon Cowell to be part of the bestselling group Angelis.
Now Elliot hopes his success in the competition could help kick-start a successful career in music for him too.
He said: "Music is my one true passion and in an ideal world I'd love to become a big star."
A Spokesman from the UKSC described Elliot as a "worthy" semi-finalist. "The standard of entries was extremely high this year. "There is a lot of songwriting talent out there and the judges had a difficult time," he added.
To hear some of Elliot's tunes check out his website at www.myspace.com/elliotfogarty music.com.