Singing Plumber Fixes Label Head's Bathroom, Gets Record Deal to Release Debut Album

A plumber in Leicestershire, England, was offered a record deal to release his debut album after the owner of a music label overheard him singing while he worked on his bathroom.

Kev Crane, 49, was discovered for his musical talents while he spent six weeks fitting bathrooms at the home of Paul Conneally, the owner of the local record label New Reality Records.

Conneally, 62, who launched the record label during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, said he often heard Crane singing as he worked.

"He sings along to the radio all day as he tiles and plumbs in bathrooms. I told him he had a good voice and he mentioned he'd been writing and recording songs in his home studio," Conneally told the BBC.

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A plumber in England was offered a record deal after he was overheard singing by the head of a music label. Here, a general view of a microphone is seen in a recording studio, circa 1980. Michael Putland/Getty Images

Conneally was so impressed by Crane, who often covered the likes of David Bowie and Meat Loaf, that he pulled him into his living room to have a conversation about music.

Crane revealed that he had previously played music in bands and worked on writing his own album, according to Good News Network. He also said he had developed his own home studio to make music, and felt "shocked" when Conneally said he wanted to hear more of his work.

"I sent him the album on the Friday and I thought if I don't hear from him over the weekend, I can just go back to work for him on the Monday and just carry on fitting his bathrooms," Crane said.

But Conneally loved the album, which he described as "a sound that is so '80s but so now at the same time," and quickly offered Crane a record deal. The album, Why Can't I Be You? has since been released by the label.

"It just feels surreal. I never expected anything like this to happen. I love writing music. It's my hobby," Crane told the BBC. "When I went round to give Paul a quote, he mentioned he owned a record label but I didn't really think much of it."

Crane told the news outlet that he's currently working on new material and seeing where the next stages could lead him.

"I've always been into music. I used to be in a few bands when I was younger and have written a lot of my own music," he said. "I don't have any expectations. I would love to be able to write songs for other artists but if nothing else happens, then it was fun while it lasted," he added.