Belper solo artist aims to topple Simon Cowell in race for Christmas chart hit

Robyn Johnson, of Belper, is part of a new Nationwide Music Competition called Brand New Artist Christmas 2015
Robyn Johnson, of Belper, is part of a new Nationwide Music Competition called Brand New Artist Christmas 2015

Belper artist Robyn Johnson is aiming to give Simon Cowell a run for his money as she targets a Christmas hit.

The solo singer is currently top of the charts in a national competition that aims to find a hit artist in time for Christmas.

Robyn, 24, leads the rankings in the Brand New Artist Christmas 2015 competition and is just weeks away from celebrating victory - which would earn her a cool £100,000 recording contract and a single release in time to compete with the X Factor winner for the coveted festive number one.

Robyn said: “I’m currently in first place and have been for the past few weeks.

“They release the standings every Friday so it’s still a long wait until voting closes but hopefully I can hold on to that top spot!”

Voting closes on June 30 and the winner will be announced in the first week of July.

They will then be at the centre of a huge campaign to top the charts over Christmas with plenty of publicity promised on radio stations, a music video to be filmed and a pre-release tour to boot.

Neil Garton, from record company Negart Records, is running the competition, and is looking for a winner in the middle of the year so that his team will have a good six months to prepare for the launch. He said: “This is a huge opportunity for all involved, and will most certainly get Robyn further afield.”

You can vote for Robyn by emailing ‘Vote 56’ and sending it to vote@negart-records-bna.com.