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Erith country singer makes finals of national music contest

PUBLISHED: 13:48 15 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:56 15 July 2016

Wayne Jacobs' stature in the music industry is growing

Wayne Jacobs' stature in the music industry is growing

Andrew Benge

His song, Paws of War, tells of companionship at the heart of conflict

A country musician from Erith has reached the finals of a national song contest with his new track, Paws of War.

Wayne Jacobs, of Riverdale Road, has become a finalist of UK Country Radio’s Listener’s Club Song Award for the sixth time with the song, which tells the story of a stray dog that befriended US soldiers in Afghanistan.

Mr Jacobs said he was ‘over the moon’ to be nominated for a prize he has won for the past four years.

“I came across that story on You Tube and was blown away by it, and I thought Paws of War would be a great song title,” he explained.

“War is not a nice thing, and I thought this was a nice story about the war.”

The dog, named Sheba by the troops, wandered onto an American base and was fed rations by the soldiers, who took it on patrols with them.

When the soldiers left Afganistan, Sheba and her litter of seven puppies came with them.

“There is a charity called Guardians of Rescue, which paid for them to go into quarantine,” Mr Jacobs said.

“They were flown to JFK Airport and all the soldiers were given a pup - so it was nice there was a happy ending.”

Mr Jacobs’ career is going from strength to strength, and according to ReverbNation he now has 10,500 followers.

“It is only supposed to be a hobby, but I seem to be doing really well and I have a new cowboy hat, which gives me a good cowboy look,” he said.

“I have never been to Nashville. I would love to go eventually - that is my dream.”

The winner of the contest will be decided on September 3 by UKCountryRadio.com’s presenters, staff and subscribers.

Paws for War can be listened to at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4IW3KhHyXs

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