UK artist Sam Clines has been crowned overall winner of National contest Open Mic UK for 2016!

Sam Clines is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from Worcester who plays electric guitar and kick drum. His music is described as “eerie indie orientated with jazz and soul elements.”

Taking inflences from Ben Howard, Foals, Viola Beach and D.D Dumbo, Sam has created a sound of his own which is what pulled in the Open Mic UK judges, along with his soaring vocals and guitar playing.

Sam is currently working on his debut EP in the studio with producer Ben Stancombe, due for release in a couple of months.

Now he is the winner for Open Mic UK having beaten over 10,000 other applicants, and 2017 looks to be a very bright year for Sam…

Sam Clines was crowned champion in front of a capacity crowd and a prestigious music industry judging panel at The NEC in Birmingham on Saturday night. His original song called “Learn To Love” won over the competition industry judges making him the overall winner of Open Mic UK for 2016!

The judging panel for the Grand Final included record label representatives from Sony, Universal and Syco Entertainment, as well representatives from music management companies.

Chris Grayston, Head Judge and Director of Future Music has said, “Sam Clines has been an outstanding act in every round throughout the competition, with his unique style and use of kick drum he was a difficult one to miss. Sam has used his indie style of music and skill to impress our judges and keep us interested in his original songs from the Regional finals to the Grand final. He is a worthy winner of Open Mic UK 2016!”

For more information on Sam Clines please visit:

Open Mic UK is still open for entries for 2017, however audition places are filling fast to get involved in this prestigious competition. If you are interested in auditioning for 2017 for more information and to enter go to


February 3, 2017 6:45am ET by Steaming Kettle PR  

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