A 14-YEAR-old boy from Cullingworth is making strides in the record industry after catching the attention of record industry executives.

Parkside School student Ben Jordan recently spent time in a Norwich recording studio laying down tracks for his debut album in the hope of landing a deal.

Ben has played guitar since the age of eight, and when he joined his primary school choir it was discovered that he had the ‘voice of an angel’.

He then took singing lessons and joined Bradford performing school Stage 84, going on to play principal roles in The Wizard Of Oz, West Side Story and this year’s Sister Act.

Ben’s guitar teacher pushed Ben into the gigging scene, where his renditions of classics by Johnny Cash, Bill Withers and The Beatles were well received.

Ben’s father James: “He took his guitar on holiday this year to win a talent competition but ended up working with a band called JoanOVarc.

“At the end of the holiday they said, ‘There are not many kids we have seen who have ‘it’. We are going to do what we can to help Ben’.

“After many telephone conversations and remaking all his YouTube videos we got the call from a well-known producer who said he will work with Ben.

“Ben has two tracks on Spotify and itunes, All I Need Is Time about trying to make it in the music industry, and Excuse Me which is about losing his best friend to a girl.

“These tracks have been played to a London management company who have shown interest and we are waiting to hear the first five tracks of his album.

“He has started his 12-track album hopefully to be finished late 2018, featuring top bands from the rock and folk genre.”

During last year’s Open Mic UK competition Ben was asked to sing on a song and video for Kidz2Gether and Autism Aware UK, which was due to be released before Christmas.