Teenager Gets Famous on Gap Year

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16th Jul 2013
Written by: Will Jones

Teenager Gets Famous on Gap Year

Brighton gapper secures €100,000 for his music

Teenage gapper Adam Davis has abandoned the tired old cliché of discovering himself on his gap year, instead allowing others to do the job for him.

The 18-year-old musician from Brighton has secured €100,000 on a French crowd-funding website after posting his pop music online. He now wants to enter the charts while enjoying his gap year at the same time.

Speaking to the Brighton Argus, multi-instrumentalist 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 [Matchbox Recordings] said the album has got the potential to be really big.”

Adam Davis (credit: Brighton Argus)

In recent years Adam has become a well-known fixture on Brighton seafront and nearby Churchill Square, where he entertains passers-by with his piano and singing. He first performed at the tender age of 11, when he drew a large crowd with a version of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

And piano isn’t his only forte: he’s a musical maestro, having become highly competent on jazz saxophone, drums and guitar.

He told the Argus: “Since I’ve been busking people have really liked my music. It’s nice to be able to please people who have been following me for years.”

You can watch Adam’s single, The Magician, below, and if you like what you hear his album can be pre-ordered on iTunes.

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