MTV joy for musical Holly

Holly Sergeant from Warton has been shortlisted for MTV Unsigned
Holly Sergeant from Warton has been shortlisted for MTV Unsigned
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Holly Sergeant just wants to make music.

And the Warton student has certainly been hitting all the right notes after getting through to the shortlist of the 2014 MTV Unsigned Act award.

The competition judges were impressed after seeing her singing in a video and placed her in the top 20.

And Holly has had more than half a million views of videos, which show her performing songs with her acoustic guitar and her piano on YouTube.

The MTV unsigned winner was named as Marie Naffah, aged 21.

Former Lytham St Annes High School student Holly – currently in her third year, studying music at the University of Central Lancashire – said: “I was thrilled to be on the shortlist. I really didn’t expect it.

“I submitted my video to MTV and their panel of experts looked at them all and came up with a shortlist of the ones they thought were the best.

“I couldn’t really believe it when I was sent an email telling me the voting had opened and I was on the list.

“It definitely boosted my self-confidence and my videos got more views after that.”

The 21-year-old has wanted to be a musician since she was just five years old.

She said: “My dad has always been musical and my gran. I can remember being about five and sitting on my dad’s knee playing the piano.

“I had lessons and reached my grade eight in piano. I also play the guitar and I am starting to play the ukelele.

“I was just looking at them one day in the Argos catalogue at my gran’s house and she bought me one.”

Holly’s videos of her singing cover versions of some of her favourite songs have proved big hits, but this year, she hopes to focus more on her own music.

“I love writing my own songs, so I want to focus a bit more on that this year.

“I mainly get my inspiration for writing music from personal experience or the experience of people I know.

“Sometimes it’s the melody I think of first, but other times, it might be lyrics which just pop into my head.

Music is largely Holly’s life. Among her favourite artists to listen to are Gabrielle Aplin.

Holly, who plays piano to grade eight standard, said: “I tend to spend my spare time writing music too, although I do also enjoy shopping.

“I was originally going to study geography at university, but decided it had to be music.

“My main aim really is just make an impact with my music – I just want to make music people can relate to and means something to them.”