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Hove teenage musician in gap year chart attempt
A prodigious teenage musician has secured €100,000 worth of funding while on his summer holidays.
Adam Davis, 18, won backing from fans after posting his pop music on a French crowdfunding website.
The multi-instrumentalist, who recently completed his A-Levels, honed his skills busking in Brighton and now wants to break into the charts while on his gap year.
Adam said: “They said it would take two years to get noticed and so, to have that many people who have been so kind, it’s really magic.
“I’ve had really great feedback from DJs all over the world, it’s been unbelievable.
The label said the album has got the potential to be really big.”
The clean-cut pop performer, of Hove, was on summer holiday with his mother when his cousin pestered him to join My Major Company, which allows artists to build funding throughmultiple investors.
He was amazed when he met his €100,000 target within three months, but after a disagreement with the company he left the contract and paid back the money.
But after setting up his own crowdfunding appeal on his website, fans flocked back, allowing him to reach his target a second time.
Investors stand to share in Adam’s profits if he makes it as a pop star.
The funding has gone towards the production, promotion and distribution of his music by Universal subsidiary Matchbox Recordings.
Adam’s performing started aged 11 when he saw twomusicians on the Promenade playing piano to a dwindling crowd.
He asked to join in and within minutes a sizeable crowd gathered to his rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
Adam and his piano became a regular Saturday fixture on Brighton seafront and Churchill Square, with parts of his proceeds going towards The Argus Appeal.
He added: “Since I’ve been busking people have really likedmymusic. It’s nice to be able to please people that have been following me for years.”
His eponymous album was recorded in Paris with Celine Dion-producer Christophe Battaglia.
A gospel singer since he was five, he can play gradeeight classical piano, gradeeight jazz sax, drums and rhythm guitar.
The video for single The Magician was shot on location in Brighton and includes BHASVIC dancers.
His album, out on July 29, is available on pre-order via iTunes.
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