Being able to claim you sang backup for Kanye West and Amy Winehouse is a whole new level of cool. And for one of Britain’s Got Talent’s newest stars Tokio Myers, 32, his unexpected journey to stardom is truly remarkable.
“Looking at the people I grew up around, I’ve had people I went to school with who are no longer here today because they’re either literally dead or in jail,” Myers explained to The Sun.
Myers overcame more than the area he was from. At age 11, Myers experienced a traumatic event first hand, when he witnessed his headmaster’s murder.
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“It’s something I don’t wish to talk about too much, because I don’t want to bring it back too much for the family,” he explained.
Despite all likelihood, Myers fought hard to not become just another statistic.
“I had music to really channel my energy and stay on a positive path,” he told Express.“Music and having that thing kept me out of a lot of trouble. I could have probably ended up in gangs, or been dead or in jail or whatever.”
His own version of Debussy’s Clair De Lune and Ed Sheeran’s track, Bloodstream on piano impressed the judges so much that he earned four “yes’s.” When he received a standing ovation from both judges and audience, Myers responded with humility.
“I feel very, very lucky to be in a position to have turned my life around, and hopefully have inspired people who are going through the same things that I’ve been though that we are here together and we can do this,” he shared with Express.
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