Poringland gardener hits the right note in song-writing competition

At 57, landscape gardener Rob Channell, out of work with an injured leg, is not your typical hit songwriter.

But Rob has shown that you are never to old to chase a dream – he reached the semi-final of a nationwide song-writing competition judged by producers who have worked with the likes of Robbie Williams and Elton John out of more than 7,000 entries.

Writing and producing from his 8x8 studio at his home on How Lane, Poringland, Rob entered seven songs by way of mp3 audio into the UK Songwriting Contest.

All of his songs were commended but one and a jazz and blues instrumental called Pure Sax, reached the semi-final in that category.

'I'm off work and can't get work because of my knee,' he explained.

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'I said to my wife, 'I've got to do something', and she said I should concentrate on my music.

'I didn't realise how well I'd done. I've never entered any competitions before.'

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Pop ballads are his forte, and he is partial to anything from classical symphonies to rock and even hip hop.

He is currently putting together a package to give to production companies for consideration for use in adverts and film and TV, and he is planning on putting an album together.

'It has buzzed me on, I'm older now but it's still something I can do. At the moment its still a hobby, but if anything comes of it, it's all well and good.'

'You always peck away at it but never get to focus on it, now with this problem with my leg and the kids all grown up, maybe I can see where it goes.'

Rob's music is available at www.broadjam.com under artist Rob Channell.

Have you made your hobby into a job? Email joe.wilkes@archant.co.uk

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