A YOUNG rapper who started writing songs in tribute to his cousin could win the chance to play in front of thousands.
Shane Orton, from Brighouse, was devastated when 17-year-old Kristian Holgate, from Rastrick, died in an accident in 2009. The pair used to listen to music together and Kristian’s death inspired Shane to start writing.
He started rapping eight months ago, performing in several Brighouse pubs.
He said he received positive comments and decided to enter the singing contest Open Mic UK.
Having competed against 150 other acts at Dewsbury Town Hall, the 22-year-old is now through to the next round.
He said: “I hope Kristian would be proud. I’ve spoken to his dad and he thinks he would be.
“I wanted to let people know about Kristian. He was going to be a journalist and was a really talented illustrator. We grew up listening to rap music together.
“He is my inspiration, the reason I’m doing this.”
There are several heats of the competition, with the final at the O2 in London.
Up to £50,000 in prizes are up for grabs, including the opportunity to win a recording contract.
Shane has written around 50 songs including one dedicated to Kristian entitled Rest In Peace.