A singer-songwriter in the running in a national competition is calling for help from the public in an online vote.

Eve-Yasmine Saoud-Easton, of Mead Close, Harrow Weald, is one of the 20 finalists in the annual MOBO UnSung contest.

The competition aims to find the next generation of performers and give them the chance to make it in the music industry, giving the winner and runners up mentoring and time in a recording studio.

The 20-year-old said: “I have always loved music. When I was younger, my grandfather would play classical music round the house and my dad used to play the keyboard a lot.

“I used to sing in school and take part in performance but stopped because I didn’t think I was good enough.

“It was a few years ago I just started singing and recorded a few tracks in the studio. I just fell in love with it and knew I wanted to pursue it.”

The former Hatch End High pupil has now quit her part-time jobs to focus on music full-time and is performing as part of a professional gospel choir.

She said: “This MOBO competition is great because event runners-up get time with a producer, which would be amazing.

“But I am the underdog in the contest and I really need the help of my local community to get behind me and vote.”

Over the coming week the 20 finalists will be whittled down to ten before judges decide the winners and runners up.

People can view Ms Saoud-Easton’s competition entry and vote by clicking here.

You can also help via social media by tweeting ‘vote for @EveYasminen to get into #MOBOUnsung for her song #TalkToMeBrother’.