From the choir to the TV in three years

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Fresh from appearing on one of the biggest shows in the world a singer from Boxford says he cannot wait for more opportunities to perform.

You may have seen 22-year-old Jobie Baker singing with Ella Shaw during the Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals as one of the backing vocalists the other week.

More than just a quick five minutes of fame, Jobie has now been a backing vocalist on both the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent after successfully auditioning in 2012.

“Performing on Britain’s Got Talent was an incredible opportunity to experience more performances on a live stage,” he said.

While getting to live out your passion in front of millions of viewers live on national television may be the pinnacle for many people or the stuff of nightmares for others, for Jobie it is just the start.

“Working with one of the best production teams in TV was a fantastic way to continue my dream of working within the entertainment business as a performer.”

It’s not all about stardom however, the 22-year-old saying it was his ambition to simply enjoy success as a singer and performer, even if in a supporting role.

For now Jobie lives in Boxford with his family, working as a play worker at Sunflowers Childcare in the village.

If he needs any advice about making it in the industry then he need not look any further than his own family.

His father Ward Baker is a musical director and composer, formerly directing the Rocky Horror Show.

Despite the family connection to the music industry, Jobie only took up singing three years ago while at Surrey University studying for a paramedic course, when he joined the university’s gospel choir.

He is currently working on material which he hopes will be ready to record in a couple of months, when he will stand-alone to perform gigs of his own.