A teenage singer/songwriter has admitted to being shocked at reaching number 30 in the iTunes chart, finding he had fans from across the world.
Rhys Butterworth-Bowman has been singing for years, taking part in gigs and festivals across the region and even performing to 2,000 people at the Indigo in the O2 Arena in a singing competition when he was 12.
Now 15, Rhys’ appearance is not the only thing to change, saying he feels that he has found his true sound with his latest single Animal.
And clearly his growing number of fans agree.
“It’s the first time one of my singles has charted,” said the Year 10 Thomas Gainsborough School student. “It’s only over the last year that I’ve started to gain a small following.
“I never realised it was there until I released the single and now I’ve been getting tweets from people across the world telling me they love the song.
“I was having to translate them online to see what they were saying.”
Currently, Rhys, from Church Road, Newton, is studying for his GCSEs, where, unsurprisingly, music is one of his options.
With his feet firmly on the ground, he admitted he had held talks with management companies about the possibility of pursuing his dream career when he finishes school, but said he would be equally happy going to university to study music and meet other like-minded young artists.
“This has been incredible,” he said. “It’s something I have dreamed about.
“I never thought it would happen while I was only 15.”