Based in Sunderland and following a career in his family business, Riez Purba has come from nowhere to be one of the leading contenders in the Regional Finals of Future Music’s national Open Mic UK contest.
The singer, who only began pursue a talent he had previously been keeping under wraps when his parents overheard him singing, if hoping to impress the judges of the ever growing competition. Open Mic UK and Future Music have previously been involved with launching the careers of Birdy, Jahmene Douglas and Lucy Spraggan, and Riez is hoping to be next in line.
His performances in the next round will allow him to showcase his talent to some top industry judges, and hopes that his use of his own material will help set him apart from other contenders singing cover versions. One of his tracks is below, and if you like what you hear you can see him live at the showcase, which takes place Sunday 19th October at The Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road, Newcastle – we will be wishing him luck.