"Tom Jones singer amassing 10,000s of views on Facebook"

26 May 2020 - Express & Star 

A professional singer is aiming to brighten people's lives amid the coronavirus outbreak by performing live sets over Facebook.

Richard Fellows, 35, from Cannock, has been entertaining social media users with songs by Sir Tom Jones.

Mr Fellows, who's stage name is Richie Dean, has amassed tens of thousands of views amid the pandemic.

He became a full-time singer eight years ago but his profession has been impacted by the Government lockdown with music venues closing.

Mr Fellows said: "I want to bring a bit of happiness and joy to people who are locked away in their houses. Obviously, because venues have closed, I am using this platform to bring people entertainment."

Mr Fellows worked in factories and rose to become a manager. But he quit his job in 2012 to follow his passion.

He usually performs at pubs and clubs but these have since closed due to the lockdown.

Since taking to Facebook, Mr Fellows has been performing live from the comfort of his living room. His first video amassed more than 15,000 views.

After this video was viewed by thousands, he was then invited to perform on a Facebook group called Rock The Lockdown, which has 872,000 members.

This latest video has had more than 12,100 views to date.

On both occasions, he performed a tribute show to Tom Jones called 'The Complete Tom Jones'.

"Everything you need to know about Walsall Pride 2019"

 

22 July 2019 - Birmingham Mail

 

Walsall Pride is back for 2019 and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

The party will kick off in Gallery Square from midday on Saturday, August 24, and the star studded line-up includes Mutya Buena and Livin' Joy.

As always, hundreds of people are expected to attend the LGBT festival, which is now in its seventh year.

According to the official Facebook page, Walsall Pride aims to "celebrate the diverse LGBT community in Walsall, dispel myths, break down barriers, address homophobia and achieve community cohesion".

Walsall Pride has three stages featuring an array of different artists.

The main stage, hosted by the fabulous Mitzy Mansel and Miss Lips, will be set up in Gallery Square. Throughout the day Mutya Buena, Livin Joy and Nikki Belle will perform.

Three reality TV stars will also take to the stage - Britain's Got Talent's Rob King, The Voice star Kalon Rae and Sammi Brookes from The X Factor.

Siobhan, 5West, Kyle Finn, Richie Dean, New Horizan and Glamour & Ego Dance will also entertain crowds.

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