‘Closer’ is the perfect summer sing-along, drawing upon blues and gospel influences alongside a keen ear for a huge pop melody, and showcases Kelvin’s soulful vocals and impressive songwriting skills.
After picking up the guitar five years ago and teaching himself to play by watching BB King videos on YouTube, this hugely talented 20-year-old singer-songwriter fell in love with the simplicity of being able to connect with someone through melody and emotion.
Having posted his track ‘Call You Home’ on YouTube last year it found its way on to Reddit, and was subsequently discovered by researchers on Good Morning America. This huge exposure meant the track was viewed over one million times in the space of 24 hours and gained him a substantial fan base around the world.
Kelvin recalls, “When I told my mum that I was going viral on YouTube with my first video, she asked me if I needed penicillin!”
Offers from labels and
publishers soon followed, with Epic & Four Music winning the race to this
rising star’s signature in a joint venture with Sony Music.
After debuting his first official track ‘Closer’ on his local BBC 3 Counties Radio Introducing show last week it went on to become the station’s Track Of The Week, getting a phenomenal response from listeners.
Kelvin Jones is performing at next week’s The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Catch him at 9pm on May 14th at the Unitarian Church.
Kelvin will release his debut album later this year.