British Plumber Release Debut Album

Kev Crane, 49, of Leicestershire, England, was offered a record deal to release a debut album after the owner of a music label overheard him singing while he worked on his bathroom.

Crane, a plumber by profession, was working on the home of Paul Conneally, owner of the local record label New Reality Records.

Initially launched in 2020 at the advent of the pandemic, Conneally, 62, after hearing Crane sing remarked, “He sings along to the radio all day as he tiles and plumbs in bathrooms. I told him he had a good voice and he mentioned he’d been writing and recording songs in his home studio.” Conneally told the BBC.

Conneally, who works with artists such as David Bowie and Meat Loaf told Crane to stop working and join him in his living room for an in depth conversation.

During the discussion, Crane informed Conneally that he had previously performed with several local bands and was in the process of writing music for an album he hoped to release some day. Crane even went so far as to build a home studio to record the album.

Conneally admitted he was “shocked” to say the least.

Connelly was encouraged to send Conneally some of his recordings. He said, “I sent him the album on the Friday and I thought if I don’t hear from him over the weekend, I can just go back to work for him on the Monday and just carry on fitting his bathrooms.”

However, Conneally loved the album, describing it as “a sound that is so ’80s but so now at the same time,” and quickly offered Crane a record deal. The album, Why Can’t I Be You? has since been released by the label.

“It just feels surreal. I never expected anything like this to happen. I love writing music. It’s my hobby,” Crane told the BBC. “When I went round to give Paul a quote, he mentioned he owned a record label but I didn’t really think much of it.”

Currently, Crane is working on new material and hoping to release new music in the future.

Source: Newsweek