Talent competitions and music agents aren’t the only way undiscovered singers can make it big.
In fact, many famous artists including Rod Stewart, Tracy Chapman, and B.B. King started out as street performers before they got their breaks. That’s also how Alfie Sheard rose to internet fame after a video of him singing on the streets went viral.
The British teen from Rotherham, England, has been playing guitar since he was 11 years old, but it wasn’t until years later that he would gain his large following. Back then, Alfie could be found performing for strangers in various public areas. That’s where he found the start of his success.
In 2017, the then 15-year-old was filmed busking in Doncaster. It seems very fitting now that the song he chose to cover that day was Chapman’s “Fast Car.”
Not every musician sounds as great live as they do in the studio. As anyone who’s seen the video can attest, though, that definitely isn’t the case when it comes to Alfie. He has a clean, captivating delivery and a voice packed with raw talent. You can tell passersby agree by the way they watch the young singer.
Online viewers reacted even better when Alfie uploaded the video to Facebook and his YouTube channel. Since then, it’s racked up millions of views and tons of positive comments. It also caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who invited Alfie to perform on her show. He even got a signed guitar from Ed Sheeran!
These days, Alfie is busy writing songs, recording CDs, and playing shows, but he’ll never forget where he came from. Not only did busking boost him into the public’s eye, but it’s something he loves to do. Keep it up, Alfie! Your fans love you!
Check out where it all began for this talented teen in the video below, and don’t forget to share.
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