A TEENAGER who used to busk on the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon has shot to number two in the official UK singles chart.
Connor Ball, aged 17, is a former Henley-in-Arden School student who now plays bass for breakthrough teen pop band, The Vamps.
Their debut song “Can We Dance” went to number two in the charts on Sunday, narrowly missing out on top spot to American boy band One Republic.
Connor, who lives in Hatton, told the Herald: “It’s absolutely crazy we are in the top ten, I never would have imagined last year that I’d be in the top ten a year later, we’re so lucky.”
The band’s breakthrough came earlier this year when they supported McFly on tour.
After Can We Dance received millions of hits on YouTube, they released it as their debut song last week.
Connor, who was born in Aberdeen, moved to Warwickshire when he was four years old and went to Henley High School before he studied music technology at college.
He used to busk on the streets of Stratford and had a small number of online fans, but since joining The Vamps last year, he’s supported pop stars The Wanted, JLS, Little Mix, and Selena Gomez; as well as McFly.
The other three members of The Vamps - Bradley Simpson, 18, from Birmingham; James McVey, 19, from Bournemouth; and Tristan Evans, 19, from Exeter – found Connor through a friend of a friend last year.
Signed by Mercury Records, who are owned by Universal, their debut single sold only 1,000 copies less than One Republic’s Counting Stars in the closest battle for top spot this year.
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