VIDEO: Stevenage singer Kelvin Jones reaches one million YouTube views

11:41 19 March 2014

Kelvin Jones performs live on stage

Kelvin Jones performs live on stage

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A teenage musician who has received more than one million views on his YouTube channel has said he “never saw it coming”.

Kelvin Jones, from Stevenage, uploaded footage to the video sharing website of himself playing his own song – Call You Home – in January.

Since then the video has received nearly 900,000 views online and has been mentioned on US chat show Good Morning America.

The 19-year-old’s covers of Aloe Blacc’s I Need a Dollar and Superstitious by Stevie Wonder have also received more than 100,000 views between them – taking him past the one million mark.

Kelvin moved to Stevenage from Zimbabwe 10 years ago and attended The Nobel School, before moving to The John Henry Newman School as a sixth form student.

He is currently studying civil engineering at Portsmouth University but is considering dropping out to pursue a full-time career in music.

He said: “I’ve been playing the guitar for about four years but singing ever since I was a little kid.

“I was just messing around on the guitar one day and sang the line ‘call you home’. I really felt like I was on to something so I ran with it.

“I would jam with friends when I was at John Henry Newman and it really encouraged me to get better. I was okay but I definitely wasn’t great. Then I discovered BB King and that really opened up the doors to diversify the kind of music I was interested in. John Mayer is a major influence.

“Everyone has been just so supportive, I can’t believe it. I never saw this coming but I’m really excited for the future.”

Kelvin now plans to continue releasing covers online while he works on original material for an album. He plans to release a cover of La Roux’s Bulletproof at midnight on Friday.

Visit www.facebook.com/kelvinjonesmusic for more information.

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