Boy, 11, releases album after label spots lockdown music for grandma



n 11-year-old schoolboy who sang to his grandmother over the web throughout lockdown has launched his debut album after being noticed by a prestigious document label.

Cormac Thompson, from Darwen in Lancashire, uploaded a cowl of his “nannie’s” favorite music, Danny Boy, to YouTube after the digicam on her iPad broke, halting their weekly video calls.

Cormac, who enjoys the video video games Fortnite and Minecraft in his spare time, had been unable to see his maternal grandparents, who reside in Northern Eire, since final Christmas because of the pandemic.

His model of Danny Boy was additionally observed by Decca Data, the house of Katherine Jenkins and Andrea Bocelli, who signed a cope with him for a 15-song album entitled Hear My Voice.

Cormac mentioned that his grandmother, Colleen Morrison, cried “blissful tears” when she first noticed his efficiency on YouTube.

He mentioned: “I requested mum what was nanny’s favorite music as a result of I wished to study it, if it was simple sufficient.

“We wished it to be a shock so we recorded it on YouTube after which instructed her to go on YouTube and look me up, and so did Decca, and she or he cherished it.

“She’s not probably the most tech-savvy individual. She needed to go on her laptop computer.

“Usually she likes to spend a lot of time on her iPad however she fell asleep with that on her lap – we used to FaceTime fairly repeatedly – however the iPad fell off her lap and smashed.

“So then we couldn’t use that for FaceTime and our common calls each week and sing for her.

“However she had her laptop computer so we did it on YouTube on the laptop computer as a substitute. Now she is aware of entry it fairly effectively.”


Cormac Thompson along with his grandmother Colleen Morrison.

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Cormac began work on the album at Metropolis Studios in London, the place stars together with Queen, U2 and Adele have recorded, however he was requested to maintain the information a secret till the primary single was launched in mid-October.

“It was fairly laborious to maintain it a secret as you’d anticipate as a result of it’s fairly an enormous secret to maintain on just a little boy’s shoulders,” he mentioned.

“It was fairly humorous as a result of one boy got here as much as me and I mentioned, ‘The one factor you’re good at is being sturdy’ or one thing like that.

“And he mentioned, ‘You might be simply small and the one factor you’re good at is singing and that’s not going to get you anyplace in life’ and I used to be like ‘Come on!’”

His mom, Alison Morrison, mentioned she initially thought the e-mail from Decca Data was a prank.

Cormac has since gained plaudits from Aled Jones for his rendition of Strolling In The Air, famously carried out by the Welshman as a boy.

Hear My Voice by Cormac is out now on Decca Data.

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