VIDEO: Starstruck Binx in awe after pre-US Open gig

Being  mobbed for her photograph is the stuff of dreams for East London singer/songwriter Binx Buys, who performed at a precursor to the US Open at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.

Buys, 23, who prefers to be known by her stage name Binx, performed one of her own compositions called The Biggest Moment at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day, historically held on the Saturday before the US Open kicks off.

Binx, who matriculated from Clarendon High School for Girls in 2010, now lives in Manhattan where she is pursuing a career in music.

She was thrilled to audition for the event hosted by Radio Disney and has seen performances by the likes of Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Ariana Grande on their road to fame.

“My manager sent me a message with details to go audition for the US Open,” said Binx. “I was booked on the spot after they heard me sing.

“The atmosphere on Saturday was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. There were so many people of all ages and they were all energised and festive.

“The kids in particular were ecstatic,” said Binx, who started writing songs when she was seven.

“It was incredible to be in the presence of tennis superstars like Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

“I even got to witness Serena Williams’ private dance-off for Teen Vogue. My choreographer was in charge of most of the dance routines.”

Once she had entertained the crowds with a song she described as “an upbeat, feel-good song about embracing life’s moments”, Binx got a taste of stardom when autograph hunters swarmed around her.

“When the famous tennis players started walking off the courts, people rushed towards them for autographs and at that same moment people were also rushing to me for autographs.”

Binx, who spent a couple of years au pairing in New York, has signed with an independent record label for her new music video and song called Radiohead, to be launched online later this month.

She is best known in South Africa for her single La La Love, which received airplay on local radio stations and for appearing at the South African Traditional Music Awards.

“My plans now are to release Radiohead on iTunes and to lock down a record deal. I will also be appearing at this year’s New York Fashion Week.” — barbarah@dispatch.co.za

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