SEVENTEEN months may have passed since he was announced as the runner-up of ITV’s The X Factor but Swindon’s Jahmene Douglas is still revelling in the spotlight.
Jahmene, 23, has been announced as the headline act at London Rocks 2014: The 5th Anniversary Event at Cafe de Paris in Leicester Square next week.
Every year, a mixture of headline names and up-and-coming talent, selected by London Rocks founder Kezi Silverstone and her team of talent scouts, take to the stage to wow an audience of 400 guests at the venue.
The event will raise funds for the Kezi Silverstone Trust for the fight to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.
And Jahmene won’t be the only local talent on stage at the event, as Jonathan Wilkes, who runs the Wilkes Academy in Swindon, will be co-hosting alongside The X Factor’s Sam Callahan.
Also performing alongside Jahmene at the glittering red carpet event will be Lemar, Britain’s Got Talent contestant Gabz, Leo Ihenacho from The Streets and The Voice and rising stars Fudge and the Frequency, Wildflowers and Juliette Ashby take the stage.
Jahmene has enjoyed much success since his X Factor days, which saw him lose out on the title to James Arthur.
In November, he won best newcomer at the Urban Music Awards, which came after the singer’s first album Love Never Fails debuted at number one in the charts. He was also nominated for a MOBO.
In addition Jahmene has plans for a second album which he has been working on with renowned music producer Arden Hart.
“I’m really excited about my new album and can’t wait for everybody to hear it,” said Jahmene, who is a youth ambassador for Women’s Aid.
“We have just put together a ballad for it which I am really pleased about. They are very hard to find but we have come up with the perfect one.”
The event, on June 5, will support Ecpat, Barnardo’s and Young Pioneers.
- For more information on the event, visit www.londonrocksevent.com.