Teenager Tom Bleasby's an instant star thanks to viral 'duet' with Jessie J

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum
She’s just about to grace our screens, here in Australia, as a new addition the judging panel for the next series of The Voice and, as expected, it appears Jessie J’s eye –and ear – for talent is right on the money.

UK teenager Tom Bleasby has become an overnight sensation and is now fielding offers from producers and record companies after recording a ‘duet’ with Jessie J via a karaoke app called Smule.

Pop star Jessie J recorded the video of herself singing Flashlight from Pitch Perfect 2, and left gaps for fans to add their vocals so they’d be able to create their own ‘duets’ with her.

Tom, 18, from Leeds in the UK posted the recording of himself singing along with Jessie J and the pitch-perfect rendition quickly went viral attracting praise far and wide. 
Jessie J even shared the video!






As a karaoke queen from way back, I just had to view the video to see what all the fuss is about. And…  I’m seriously in awe right now. 

I’m super impressed! Tom has an incredible voice and really holds his own up against pop powerhouse Jessie J.
It actually sounded like an actual planned duet!

The video has been watched more than 8 million times on Facebook and has amassed more than 600,000 views on You Tube!





Tom, who describes himself as “singer, equality lover and all-round loving guy”, says his musical influences include: Celine Dion, Michael Jackson , Whitney Houston, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Smith, Beyonce.

He now has more than 22,000 Facebook fans on his page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tom-Bleasby/129024907167154

T
he last few days have been a whirlwind for Tom as he’s been bombarded with requests for TV and radio interviews. 
“Omg...i've had an email from one of Beyonce's producers and Perez Hilton says he loves the video. I'm in a daze.”

He appeared on UK TV - BBC Look North show - and is due to appear on US television - on the NBC Today Show - in the coming week.



The lesson here for everyone: do not underestimate the power of social media!

Congrats Tom, I’ll be following your journey and hope to be listening to an album of yours very soon!

Check the video out for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnGYbQV11GA


Check out Tom’s page here:
http://www.smule.com/TommyBleasby


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