A MUSICIAN who is registered blind has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.
Susan Hedges, of Neston, is up for a prestigious MBF Award for her dual-song composition from her experiences working in New York.
A third year music student at Liverpool Hope University, she suffers from the same condition as Stevie Wonder and has been blind since she was born three months prematurely.
The 22-year-old singer-songwriter, who plays the keyboard, guitar, piano and mandolin, was nominated for the award by the university’s head of music, Professor Stephen Pratt.
Susan is one of six finalists to make it through to the final stage, which will see them perform their pieces in front of judges including Guy Chambers, who co-wrote several of Robbie Williams’s chart hits, and Cathy Dennis, who has penned songs for many stars including Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears and the Spice Girls.
Susan said: “I am delighted to have been entered and short-listed for this prestigious award. I’m performing my two songs You’re My America and Nobody’s Fool at The Bedford in London.
“If I won this award, it would be a dream come true and I’d use the prize money to produce an album of songs based on my experiences in New York comparing them with life in Liverpool. It has the working title A Tale Of Two Cities.
“In the future, I hope to continue writing, composing and performing but as it is such a competitive field, I am also considering music therapy as an alternative.”
As for her visual impairment, Susan said: “My blindness is not something I shy away from and I try to use it in a positive way to show what disabled people can achieve.”
The MBF Songwriting competition is held every year and universities, colleges and music academies across the UK have the opportunity to nominate their students.