Toby Burton, a local singer-songwriter who used an EnRich grant to develop his music career

Toby is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter who spends most of his spare time working on his music, and released his debut EP, “Tales of a Hopeless Romantic” to critical acclaim in November 2014 reaching #80 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts overnight.

Now studying at the University of Huddersfield he started off on YouTube like many other singers and a chain of relatively large gigs at venues such as The Plug and O2 Academy Sheffield has kick-started his career in the local area. He has also performed at large festivals such as Coalfields and his debut at Underneath the Stars festival in Cawthorne, Barnsley, in July 2015 was very well received.

He said: “It was amazing to be part of such a fantastic line-up, it was the biggest crowd I have ever played to.”

Starting off with a wide repertoire of covers, Toby began doing gigs around two years ago, and has become a seasoned performer in the local area, mainly now performing original songs. With his well-crafted lyrics and simplistic yet haunting guitar playing and piano melodies, his music has drawn comparison and likening to singer-songwriters such as Passenger or a “Moody Bon Iver”.

Toby said: “The grant I received from EnRich is great, it has helped me buy some equipment to support my career development and university studies.”

Visit Toby’s YouTube channel.