A YOUNG Wigan singer-songwriter has taken his first step towards stardom with his debut EP produced by the borough’s newest record label.
Rising star Owen Bolton, from Whelley, has released the five tracks of Feef through Reet Good Records, based at Wigan Youth Zone where his talent was first discovered.
Rose Bridge Academy pupil Owen, 15, has enjoyed a rapid rise through the borough’s music scene including a string of high-profile gigs in his first 12 months of performing.
The proud Wiganer has also ensured his debut EP is a thoroughly steeped in his hometown, with the somewhat-cryptic title referring to the way the word thief is sometimes said in Wigan dialect.
Guitarist and singer Owen’s influences also show his pride in the borough, with plenty of Northern Soul elements appearing on Feef alongside nods to acts such as Oasis, The Stone Roses and Jake Bugg.
Owen’s talent was discovered in the music and media department of the Parson’s Walk facility.
Owen revealed he had already written a song called Closer, which is one of the EP’s five tracks, and Wigan Youth Zone employees were so taken with the track they recorded it and produced an accompanying music video within a month.
Since then success has come quickly for Owen, with the lifelong Latics fan realising one of his dreams by performing on the pitch at the DW Stadium last season.
He was first inspired to play the guitar after hearing The Beatles’ song Day Tripper, and shortly afterwards borrowed his older brother’s guitar to begin practising.
Owen paid tribute to the Youth Zone staff and said his remarkable progress in music was down to their support and the existence of the facility.
He said: “There is now way I could have made an album as good as this for 50p, which is what it cost me to get into the youth zone.
“The youth workers are more bothered with what you want to do, not what they think you should do.
“They’re a massive help and it wouldn’t have got this far so quickly without them.”
Feef, by Owen Bolton, is out now on Reet Good Records and can be bought for £3 from the reception at Wigan Youth Zone.
Follow Owen on Twitter @OwenBolton or the label @ReetGoodRecords.