A passionate rock-pop performer born in Melton received the shock of his life when he was asked to audition for the BBC’s singing talent show ‘The Voice UK.’
Self-employed musician Howard Rose, who grew up in Melton until moving to Manchester three years ago to pursue a career with his band the Suburban Sons, was invited to audition for the show last summer at an open mic event.
Howard (27) said: “If I hadn’t received a phone call from the show I’d never have entered. It was a bit of a shock at first but it has definitely proved to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
Having made it through the numerous preliminary auditions, Howard was one of the lucky contestants to make it through to the televised blind auditions which will be screened on Saturday.
He said: “The song I chose to perform was my own interpretation of My Generation by The Who.
“I don’t normally get nervous before I play to an audience but this felt different and I did feel a few nerves. I guess this was because I wanted to take full advantage of the opportunity presented to me.
“I’m not one to get starstruck but I knew I wanted to impress Tom Jones and if anyone turned around for me during my performance I wanted it to be him.”
Howard who runs a real life “School of Rock” in Manchester - teaching children how to play instruments and play in a band - is anxiously awaiting the reaction from friends and family to his TV performance.
He said: “I will watch it with my girlfriend and probably friends and family in Melton.
“I’m really excited and can’t wait for them to see it. I’m also quite looking forward to seeing how the people I met on the show sound too.
“An opportunity like this doesn’t come around everyday and I can’t thank the BBC and everyone associated with the programme enough.”
The Noels Arms pub will show their support for Howard, who used to gig there, by showing all the episodes he appears in starting this Saturday at 7pm.