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Up and coming Redditch star all set for his 02 Institute debut

Correspondent 30th Mar, 2018

A REDDITCH solo artist is set to perform at the O2 Institute Birmingham supporting to town’s top girl group The Violettes, writes Sophie Wheeler.

Xavier Reeves, aged 21, will take to the stage with his band and backing vocalist this Saturday, March 31 to perform a half-hour set at the O2 Institute room 3.

Born in Winyates and now living in Cookhill, he has been singing since the age of 12 after joining the Redditch based charity Indigo Arts.

Xavier said: “I have been singing since the age of 12 with indigo arts. I started in acting then liked singing but it wasn’t till last year that I took it seriously after a slot came up at Morton Stanley festival and I took that up and was the act before The Violettes again.

“I grew up with the girls as they are a part of Indigo Arts as well.”

After going to Birmingham City University and studying a Fine art degree with the intention of becoming a teacher all that changed when he took part in Project SoundLounge.

That’s a Birmingham project that sees people aged between 16 and 25, programme, produce and market their very own music festival.

He said: “I try to get myself out there as much as possible and would like to make it as an artist.

“I was fortunate to take part in the Music Potential Capital FM youth programme.”

However performing at the Institute will be his biggest gig yet: “I am really excited, slightly nervous but I try turn my nerves into adrenaline.

“I’ll be covering other people’s work, doing all sorts including Ben Howard which is one I have sung so much.”

Xavier will also be covering songs including Runnin’ by Naughty Boy and Beyonce and Saved by Khalid.

Tickets for Saturdays performance are still available and can be ordered online.

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