ONE of the country’s most gifted young musicians is hoping to dazzle the wider masses when his first album hits the shelves later this year.
Formerly dubbed ‘Britain’s Mozart’, 15-year-old Shane Thomas from Woking is quite possibly the most talented teenager across the British music industry.
The new single ‘Mrs Matisee’ is the first from Shane’s debut album, From Me To You, due for release in 2015. His dad Clayton Thomas said: “Mrs Matisee showcases Shane’s incredible talent and beautifully demonstrates the amazing capabilities of this young composer.
“The track is undeniably stunning and transports audiences into the fascinating world of Shane Thomas.”
Shane was inspired to write the track earlier this year when he saw a painting by Henri Matisse. He was so taken with the beauty of the painting that he decided to compose a piece of music about it.
Shortly after writing the track Shane discovered that Debussy had been inspired by the very same painting and produced a well-known piece of music called Arabesque as a result.
He began playing the piano at the tender age of seven and has since taken on the challenge of mastering the additional arts of the cello and percussion.
Clayton explained: “Shane dreams up all of his music. He has never sat at a piano to compose anything. He does it all in his head, then later sits to play the piece. He can immediately play any melody or song he hears.
Aged 10, Shane became the youngest person in history to be signed to a music publisher, in his case EMI music. Peter Andre, Jamie Cullum, Bradley Walsh and TV’s Jason Mansford are all fans of the child star.
The Royal Academy of Music and Yehudi Menuhin School both describe Shane as ‘a complete one-off’. Some of his highlights to date include appearing on Odd one In (as Britain’s Mozart), The One Show, London Tonight and at The Young Composers Awards in 2011.
Shane has also performed at Castle Howard to over 10,000 people, as well as to the Duchess of Kent at the Royal Academy of Music.