The South East Entertainment Awards took place at the Civic Hall, Grays on the 10th April 2016.
The red carpet event was an opportunity for local artists and performers to be acknowledged for all their hard work and dedication.
The event had many special guests in attendance including Jordan Gray semi finalist of The Voice and lloyd Warbey from Disney TV and Two Shoes from X Factor.
The Chairman of Havering Mind, Bob Antell was delighted to be among the guests said: “Music is very therapeutic, it helps people come together as a group, we’re very pleased to be nominated and to win. We are a small charity. We are blessed to have volunteers who have an affinity with the charity.”
Tickets for the show sold out, those lucky enough to have one saw over 40 acts perform live.
The best solo act was awarded to Kristian Thomas Turner, he said: “Frankie Valli is my dream singer.”
Tall Dark Friend, was awarded twice at the event and performed on stage, said: “Essex is my home, performing live, it’s my whole life.”
The best female act was won by Danielle Fairchild for the second year running she said: “this has made my birthday, I’m shocked.”
There was a surprise award for volunteering in the entertainment industry, and this was awarded to Jai Sepple, Manager of Brookside Theatre.
There were dancers of all ages from local groups, however the award for best Dance/Arts School went to Fusion Performers, who earlier in the evening delivered an incredible performance in the theme of Star Wars.
Best Original Artist was awarded to Hannah Paris, passionate about country music and has recently joined a new band ‘Lux.’
The award for Best Unique Act, something outside the box was awarded to Cream, presented by Jaime Roberts, TV presenter.
There was a special recognition award for a local charity and this went to Havering Mind, Ciaran White, Fundraising Manager for the charity said: “It is so important in the community to raise awareness, mental health can affect everyone anytime.”
The Peoples Choice Award received over 27,000 nominations and was won by The Funky Voices Choir, started out from just 4 members and now boasts 805. Sandra Colston, Director said: “It has been a brilliant day and night, seen many great acts. We do about 150 gigs a year.”
The community choir had sixty singers performing on stage.
Tracy Brown member of the choir said: “I’ve made a whole new family, It’s changed my life.”
The professional Artist award was received by Destiny Michelle, single mother of two, she has been in the industry for over 25 years.
The Best Band or Act Award went to N Lights.
The SEEA was sponsored by Chart House Music, and organised by Lee Knell who was presented with a surprise award.
There was a raffle to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.