Where do I begin? From Brighton busker to globe gigger. It’s been a crazy journey. I guess my love for jazz started when I was 16. I’d go out in my tux and sing classics from Nat to Ella to Frank. I just fell in love with the American song book and the joy it gave me. Fast forward 2/3 years or so and I’m gigging at the local pubs with a few muscial theatre leads under my belt and my first feature film appearance in ‘The World’s End’. I had my own camper van on set and everything!
Soon I began to delve into the world of YouTube. Nothing too serious. Just a bloke, his phone and a cheap backing track. A few posts in I uploaded a short video of me singing Bring Him Home and that’s when my journey shifted a few gears.
A guy got in contact asking me if I’d like to join a band. A musical theatre boy band to be precise. I said why not and met up with the group to run a few songs. Next thing you know, we are winning Britain’s Got Talent six months later! The whole experience was a whirlwind. Simon Cowell loved the sound and signed us up to SYCO RECORDS straight away. It was August 2014 when the album dropped and hit No.1 in its first week. It went on to sell 300,000 copies. I couldn’t get my head round it. From then on the experiences got better. Two sell out UK tours including the Royal Albert Hall and Palladium, performing in front of 30 million people on Japanese TV live, releasing a book, performing in the Royal Variety Show and shared the stage with stars like Gregory Porter, Shirley Bassey, Bette Midler, Alfie Boe, One Direction, Ed Sheehan, Michael Ball, Neyo, Little Mix, Ella Henderson, the list goes on and on. These were truly amazing experiences for me but something wasn’t right.
I had put on weight, I had lost confidence, singing wasn’t fun anymore. Yes the fans were awesome and the experiences were out of this world but I couldn’t handle the politics. Being part of the group had changed me and not for the better. After performing for the 10th anniversary of Britain’s Got Talent I decided it was time to go.
I honestly couldn’t have made a better decision. After taking a few months off, I decided to get back into the music industry and return to my original love…Jazz.
Straight away I secured a spot at the Legendary Dean Street Live Jazz and perform my first solo show alongside my new instrumental band. It was a sell out and a hit. You can check out the review here.
News outlets picked it up which led to several interviews across the UK (ITV news, The Sun, London live, The Evening Standard and many more) about my new sound and the next move for my career.
Since then I’ve performed up and down the country in some amazing jazz venues like Ronnie Scott’s and the Hippodrome, across the pond in NYC’s West Village and begun writing my own music. I feel incredibly fortunate enough to be working with some awesome producers and writers such as Don Black, Jerry Wonda and Nait Masuku. New music is in the works and labels are on the table. Check out my current sound here.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read my story. I’m sure there’s plenty more to write so check back in.