Shane is Kid of Swing
PUBLISHED: 17:31 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 23 August 2010
HIS vocals have been recorded alongside some of the greatest musical talent in the world, and he is now being billed as the new star of swing. Elton John, Michael Buble, Russell Watson, Ronan Keating, and Girls Aloud may have millions in the bank but Sha
HIS vocals have been recorded alongside some of the greatest musical talent in the world, and he is now being billed as the new star of swing.
Elton John, Michael Buble, Russell Watson, Ronan Keating, and Girls Aloud may have millions in the bank but Shane Hempsheir is definitely the new kid on the block.
On Sunday the 20-year-old, of Ash Road, Longfield, belted out classics from Sinatra and the Rat Pack to covers of Michael Buble at Woodville Halls, Gravesend.
His show had all the awe of a top entertainer, with the fantastic Ben Beddoes Big Band, sultry Liz Burville Dancers and a troupe choreographed by Strictly Dance Fever finalist Stefanni-Grace Croxson, taking the audience through a breathtaking journey of swing.
Speaking after the show, he said: "It was the biggest show I have done with the Big Band and two dance groups. Kenny Samson, the former England and Arsenal legend, came with his family and so did some of the Radio 2 producer. It is always great performing in Gravesend." Having started performing from the age of eight, there was no doubt that Shane was going to be a big star. He has already racked up performances at The London Palladium and Theatre Royal, Dury Lane.
In January 2004 he auditioned for the Reynolds Academy of Performing Arts in Bexley, where he honed his skills for three years, establishing himself as a professional jazz and swing singer, actor and dancer.
One of his proudest moments came late last year when he was asked to record Home by Michael Buble for Universal Records. The recording was for an album called, You Raise Me Up, 2008, alongside the likes of Elton John and Pavarotti.
He added: "It's amazing being on an album with the likes of Pavarotti.
"My next step is to record my own big band arrangements.
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