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Kurtis Reid

Kurtis Reid

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Kurtis Reid hasn’t quite hit the big-time yet – though that might only be a matter of time – but he has already done something most of other wannabe stars can only dream off.

It happened in 2012 when he supported Olly Murs at Lytham Proms and performed in front of 8,000 people.

Not surprisingly it was a pretty enjoyable experience.

“Brilliant,” says Kurtis when I ask what it was like. “I’d obviously never done a gig like that and the response I got after each song ... it gives you a hell of a lot of self-belief and makes you determined to carry on with music.

“And Olly was a real nice guy too, a proper gentleman. He came in my dressing room and spoke to me and all my family, my mum and dad and my nan.

“It was a great day.”

But Kurtis doesn’t want that kind of thing to be a one-off.

The 24-year-old from South Shore is dead set on becoming a successful musician and has been grafting hard to achieve his aim for a long time.

He studied music at Blackpool Sixth Form and got a degree in Music and Performance at Leeds Met.

“I’ve been performing since I was about eight, in school plays and things,” he said.

“I think one day the teacher realised I could hold a note and I got picked for everything after that ... they must have been desperate for someone who could sing reasonably well!”

He was in a rock band called Hero at college, playing gigs in Blackpool and Fleetwood, but, as he puts it, “things died down a bit when I finished uni”.

He explained: “The people I used to know had moved away and I suppose I didn’t quite know what I wanted from music anymore or which way to go.

“I was still writing but I wasn’t gigging ... then I decided to enter Fylde’s Got Talent.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

Kurtis won, landed the gig opening for Olly Murs, and was spotted by a woman who asked him to play at her pub.

That got him back in the swing of things and he now performs at bars and venues around the Fylde and beyond.

That’s mainly playing covers. It pays the bills.

But the dream is to be successful with his own material and he’s taken a big step towards that with the release of debut EP Cold.

Produced by James Routh from Manchester band Sonic Boom Six, it came out last week.

“Apart from family and close friends I hadn’t really played it anyone so I’ve been really chuffed with the response from people on Twitter and the reviews in general,” he said.

“It has given me the motivation to carry on, to put off getting a 9 to 5 office job for a bit longer, and try and fulfil what I want to do – become a successful singer-songwriter.”

Kurtis, who describes his music as pop-rock, with good melodies and about real-life situations, has gigs coming up at The Grapevine, Poulton (tonight), Toast, St Annes (February 14), Genting Casino, Cleveleys (February 15), and Station Tavern, Lytham (February 21).

His website is kurtisreid.com and on Twitter he’s @kurtreid

The EP Cold is available to buy now from iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and most other online stores.