Busking Really Can Lead to Stardom!

Crawley BuskerIf you’ve read my new novel, Living by Ear, you know it’s about a former street musician–also known as a busker–named Christine Daley, who made a name for herself in Boston in the 1990s. In the present-day part of the story, Chris is a forty-something wife and mother in the middle of a divorce, desperately trying to revive her music career.

And not to give away any plot spoilers, but at one point in the story, Chris is encouraged to participate in a music competition similar to American Idol

So I was delighted to learn that a well-known British busker named Tom Stephenson (a.k.a. Busker Tom) has made it to the regional finals of an English national singing competition called Open Mic UK.

Mr. Stephenson has a unique busking style. Rather than just singing and playing songs on his guitar, he brings a collection of different percussion instruments with him wherever he goes, and encourages audience members to participate in his performances. In addition to being a busker, he’s a teaching assistant at a special needs school in Kent, and the frontman in a band called The Get Back Beats. You can read more about him here.

Best of luck, Tom Stephenson! I’ll be rooting for you here in the States!



About Mary Rowen

My three published novels, LEAVING THE BEACH (a 2016 IPPY Award winner), LIVING BY EAR, and IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY focus on women figuring out who they are and what they want from life. Music and musicians have a way of finding their way into the stories. I live in the Boston area with my family and pets.
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1 Response to Busking Really Can Lead to Stardom!

  1. jan says:

    How cool! Good luck Busker Tom!


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