Singer-songwriter Lucy Sampson has won this year’s Bury Songwriting Competition.
The 27-year-old graphic designer from Benhall stole the show at the competition final on May 16.
The event is now in its seventh year.
Lucy said she was thrilled to have won the coveted award.
It was a bit of a shock hearing my name read out to be honest. I wasn’t expecting it at all.
“I started writing songs and playing guitar when I was 15 but was terrible at guitar because I have small hands.
“But I fell in love with it again when I was at uni and have been playing ever since.”
Lucy now plans to use the competition’s recording session prize to get her music on to CD.
One of the tracks Lucy played in the final is being included on a charity CD called the Suffolk Acoustic Showcase, being launched at the John Peel Centre on June 12.
Money raised from sales is going to the Suffolk Family Carers charity.
Lucy has played gigs all over East Anglia and has even opened for Turin Brakes at the Apex in Bury.
But although she is a seasoned performer, Lucy said the songwriters competition final was a nerve-wracking experience.
“I was very nervous,” she said, “I don’t really get nervous usually.
“Maybe it was the pressure of the final – my fingers felt like jelly.”
Organiser Neil Rayson said the event was a huge success.
“We had a full house and everyone performed brilliantly.
“There was a great atmosphere with lots of support for each artist.”
For more information on Lucy visit www.lucysampson.co.uk