Stevenage singer-songwriter Kelvin Jones is barely 20 years old but he’s already played to crowds of 20,000 in Europe and landed a place on the coveted BBC Radio 1 A-list with his single Closer.
His rapid ascent has taken him from busking on street corners to receiving the Best Newcomer accolade at last year’s British Urban Music Awards, a promise he came good on in 2016 with his debut LP, Stop the Moment, for Epic.
Kelvin’s gentle assembly of acoustic guitars, classic piano and stirring melodies went down a storm at the PRS for Music-curated Lost in the Woods stage at Festival Number 6 earlier this month, where he played alongside fellow newcomers Get Inuit, Habitats and Beach Baby.
We grabbed him after his set to learn more about how he first got to grips with songwriting and hear who his biggest inspirations are…
Kelvin in on a European tour this autumn, which stops in at The Camden Assembly, London, on 20 October.