LONDON — An 18-year-old who reportedly has never had singing lessons wowed the Internet with his vocal skills after performing a virtual duet with Jessie J.
Tom Bleasby from Leeds recorded his version of J’s “Flashlight” from the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack using the Smule karaoke app, and posted it on Facebook last weekend. The clip has since attracted more than 7 million views, and led to him being approached by a record producer who’s worked with Beyonce.
Bleasby also said he’s been “bombarded” by messages from record companies since the video was posted.
“The past week has been crazy. My phone does not stop going off,” he told the BBC. “The overwhelming outpour of support has been inspiring, thousands of messages from complete strangers telling me how amazed they were.”
Jessie J pre-recorded the clip, and left blanks for fans to sing along, making it appear like she was interacting with them.