Melton singing sensation Howard Rose received a rapturous response as he fronted his own homecoming show before a packed crowd at Melton Theatre.
The talented singer-songwriter created a real name for himself when he made it through to the live finals of this year’s BBC1 talent contest, The Voice, under the tutelage of superstar Sir Tom Jones.
He is now touring after recently releasing an EP of new and original songs called ‘Make It Easy’ - which he recorded in a studio in Asfordby - and on Friday night he returned home to Melton to play a sell-out gig at the theatre.
Howard, a former Brownlow Primary School and John Ferneley College pupil, was no stranger to the Melton Theatre stage having performed in the lead role in Gasleak Theatre Company’s production of Oliver when he was aged about 11 and also starring in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Howard, who also compered on Friday night, performed about 11 songs - a mix of popular covers and originals - and opened up with his take on The Who’s ‘My Generation’ - a similar but extended version of the song he performed on The Voice.
He said: “I was super excited to be performing back in Melton and the response has just been absolutely incredible.
“It was amazing and really humbling to have so many people interested in what you’re doing. The Voice had a lot to do with that, bringing me to the forefront of people’s minds.
“More than anything I really want to thank everyone who made the effort to come along on Friday night and show their support.
“They weren’t just supporting me they were supporting live music at the theatre. The response
Social media was buzzing with complimentary comments following the show, which also featured fellow Melton artist George Simpson, Daniel Duke, who was also a contestant on The Voice, and singer songwriter Hattie Whitehead.
On Facebook, Andy Major posted: “Excellent show. Brilliant with everyone afterwards. EP very good. Although the kids won’t listen to anything else.”
Fiona Arrowsmith described Howard’s singing: “It’s beyond amazing and makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, especially live! Just brilliant.”
Howard, who is currently on a joint tour until the end of August, plans to work on another EP in October and have another release out by the end of the year.
He’s also recently signed a contract with London-based agency and management company Nova Music and will be discussing his future plans with them next week.
Howard said he’d love to do another show at Melton Theatre. He added: “It’s a great venue. It was really nice to be able to bring people to the theatre and the people there were so accommodating. I’d also like to thank my mum and dad, Lesley and Tony, who have been so supportive and Sean Graham who has helped me in so many ways over the past few months.”
Howard said his current EP, of which 15 per cent of proceeds will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust charity, had received a positive response so far, with people in America, Russia, Belgium and Poland among those to buy it.
It is available online at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/howardrosemusic
The next stop on Howard’s tour will be at The Cookie venue in Leicester next Friday (July 24) when he will be performing with Daniel Duke and another former contestant of The Voice Sally Barker.
For more information visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/howardrosemusic