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Bangor singer joins German producer in aiming for chart success after entertaining fans during lockdown

Bangor singer Nathan Fox has garnered a fanbase in recent months through acoustic covers posted to social media. Picture by Conor Cartin
Paul Ainsworth

A Co Down singer is hoping for chart success after videos he recorded during the coronavirus lockdown led to thousands of new fans and a record deal.

Nathan Fox, who is originally from Bangor but in recent years has been living in London and working in finance, returned to his home town before the Covid-19 lockdown and spent time performing and recording acoustic covers of popular songs to post on social media.

The 25-year-old's videos feature him covering hits from acts ranging from Stevie Wonder to Gorillaz, all from the comfort of his living room, and he soon gathered a following of thousands of fans across Facebook and YouTube.

One of his covers, Use Somebody by Kings of Leon, caught the ear of German dance music producer Shoby, who produced a remix of the track featuring Nathan's vocals.

Now the tune is set to be heard across Europe when it released this Friday on London-based Casual Jam Records.

Speaking to The Irish News last night, Nathan described his journey from bedroom singer to vocalist on one of the summer's most anticipated dance tracks.

"I was very involved with music as a kid, but as I grew older I found less time to enjoy it as I moved to England for university," he said.

"When the lockdown hit, it gave me the time to get back into it, and I set myself a challenge to post three videos a week of myself performing covers of songs.

"People gave really positive feedback and before I knew it the views began to mount up.

"It was the cover of Kings of Leon's Use Somebody that sparked the interest of Shoby in Germany.

"He called me one day to tell me he was a fan of my voice, and asked if he could use my cover in a dance record he was producing.

"Cover remixes are currently in demand, and of course I said yes. He contacted me again some days later and let me hear the finished version, which I absolutely loved."

Nathan is now planning his musical future and is working on his own original material.

"Casual Jam have over three million subscribers on YouTube, so it's an exciting week for me.

"I'm now working on my own songs alongside other covers and I can't wait to see what the future brings. It's all thanks to the fans who have followed me and supported my videos during lockdown."

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