Leziate teenage singer follows in footsteps of his hero

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A 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Leziate started a busy year of live shows on Saturday night when he followed in the footsteps of his hero, Joe Bonamassa, by playing Cambridge Junction.

Harry Seaton was thrilled to be playing the venue for the first time after first taking up the guitar when he was seven years old and playing his first show in Lynn three years later.

The Springwood High School student first appeared in the Lynn News aged 11 after winning a talent competition but has since been working hard on his music and building up a local profile.

He said: “I spent a few years playing open mic nights in pubs like The Maid’s Head and The Wenns before taking to the internet to make videos of myself playing and singing.

“For ages they peaked at only a couple of hundred views and I kept it all secret from my friends then in October 2012, a video of mine somehow gained 10,000 views in its first week and people started following me on Facebook and Twitter.”

Harry’s audience started increasing dramatically but he kept himself grounded, always viewing himself as the boy who sat in his room singing to his camera, despite selling out his debut tour.

He was given the opportunity to support Lauren Aquilina, who has since gone on to headline the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals, in a sell-out performance.

This was his first performance outside of Lynn and took place in Manchester in February 2013.

He said: “In May, I released my first ever single, Wildfire, which peaked at 12th in the singer-songwriter UK charts on iTunes.

“In the summer, I went on my first tour of the UK followed by headlining a festival and playing some shows out in Germany.

“I’ve since supported and sung with artists such as Orla Gartland and Billy Lockett, who was BBC Radio 1’s single of the week last week, and Saint Raymond, who is also one of Radio 1’s and iTunes artists to watch for in 2014.”

Harry’s debut single, Shadows, hit third in the UK singer-songwriter charts on iTunes, and made it to 78th place on the main UK charts, just 38 places away from being a top 40 single.

He also charted in the top 50 in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.

The past 12 months have been a whirlwind for the teenager, but now he has plans to make 2014 an even bigger year for his music by playing across the world and supporting other artists on tour.

He said: “I now have tours coming up, both headline and supporting larger artists all this year, lots of releases coming, more international shows to follow my Cambridge show at the Junction.”

He has shows planned for a London venue, and will possibly be playing in New York.

For more information about Harry Seaton, or his music, search Harry Seaton Official on Facebook, find Harry Seaton on Twitter or go to www.youtube.com/harryseatonmusic