Yo Preston plays the Leeds O2

7 September 2013

Yo Preston is a British born Singer Songwriter who studied at King Jame’s School in Knaresborough before moving on to the Leeds School of Music.

Yo began playing guitar at the age of 13 after receiving a birthday cheque from his Grandad. With little musical knowledge, he started to teach himself the basics, and naturally developed a new found skill. It was a matter of weeks before he started to test different sounds with this voice. Whilst listening to artists like Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and James Morrison, he managed to find a blend of Breathy Soul, Pop and something else that most find quite capturing.

In 2011, Yo was invited to support World Wide Chart Topper Olly Murs at his sold out show at The Viper Rooms Harrogate. After receiving an outstanding response from the crowd and local press, he was later invited to support Rebecca Ferguson at her sold out show.

2012 was the release of his first EP ‘You & I’ . Track number 2 on the EP ‘ Help me Sleep Tonight ‘ was picked up by Jericho keys from BBC Radio Leeds and featured on her BBC introducing show as the headlining record and was described as ‘Simply beautiful, a 3 and a half minute piece of magic’

In 2012 he landed a slot supporting Tinchy Stryder at Derbyshire Uni. This introduced him to his current manager Paul Widger. Paul discovered and managed Craig David before and during Craig’s first album ‘Fill Me In’.

Yo Preston from Harrogate

Yo is often commuting to London to co-write records with Warner Chappells Paul Statham along with other successful writers. In between he is becoming ever more popular gigging in London. Last month he headlined his first London show at ‘We Love SUNDAYs’ at The Worlds End, Finsbury Park.

The O2 show was a joint venture between BBC Introducing, Martin House and Festival Republic. The evening showcased local artists & bands LIVE throughout the night. The event was a complete sell out and all proceeds went towards Martins House children’s hospice.

Yo said:

I felt very humbled by the response and support I got on the night. To play in front of nearly 1000 people that are all there for the love of music is an amazing feeling.

My band were on great form on the night and we all enjoyed it thoroughly.

Thank you to Martin House & BBC introducing for the opportunity. I would love to be a part of next years event.

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