Vince Kidd

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Vince Kidd
Birth name Ricky John Sharpe
Also known as Vince Kidd
Born (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 (age 27)[1]
Origin London
Genres Soul, jazz, R&B, pop, grime, hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2007-present
Labels Island Records
Associated acts Futureproof

Matthew Protheroe (born 31 December 1989) is a singer from South London. Under his real name, he was a member of The X Factor (UK series 4) finalist band called Futureproof,[2] whilst under his alias Vince Kidd, he was a finalist on series one of the Voice UK.[1]

Appearing on the second of four audition shows, Kidd auditioned with "Like a Virgin", originally by Madonna—with all four coaches electing for him to join their teams; from which Kidd selected Jessie J.[1] During the battle rounds, Kidd sang "We Found Love" by Calvin Harris & Rihanna against seventeen-year-old Jessica Hammond—with Jessie crowning him the winner.[1] In the second live show, Kidd performed Elvis Presley's rendition of "Always on My Mind"—proceeding to the next round on account of the public vote.[1] In the fourth live show, Kidd performed Whitney Houston's "My Love Is Your Love"—proceeding once again to the next round on account of the public vote.[1] In the semi-finals, Kidd performed "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse—advancing to the final in place of Becky Hill.[1] In the final of The Voice UK, Kidd performed both "Many Rivers to Cross" and "Nobody's Perfect"—the latter alongside coach Jessie J—ultimately finishing in fourth place.[1]

Following The Voice UK, an eight-track compilation was released in June 2012 featuring Kidd's renditions of "Like a Virgin" and "Always On My Mind"; entering the UK chart at number ninety-seven and one-hundred-and-thirty-four respectively.[3] Vince released his debut extended playSick Love—in the United Kingdom on 4 November 2012;[4] which peaked at number one-hundred-and-ninety-eight on the UK chart.[5]

A music video for his second EP, The Zoo, featuring The Saturdays' Vanessa White, was uploaded to YouTube on 20 April 2013.[6] The EP was released on 2 June 2012.[citation needed]

You And Me was released as a single on iTunes on 7 June 2013.[7] My Gang was released as a single on 11 September 2013.[8]

In May 2014 he lent his vocals to Alpines song, Zero, featured on their debut album. He also co-wrote the song.

He featured on the Hollaphonic song Dangerous, released on 9 February 2015. The song reached #1 in Qatar. [9]

A song he co-wrote, What Would Dusty Do?, was recorded by X Factor 2014 finalist Andrea Faustini, and released on his debut album on 17 July 2015. [10]

In August 2016, he released a music video for Almost Angels, the first song off his upcoming album. [11]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions
UK
"Sick Love"
(featuring Lady Leshurr)
2012 198
"The Zoo"
(featuring Shystie or Vanessa White)
2013
"You & Me"
(featuring Kelz TBK)
"Almost Angels" 2016

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"This Girl"
(Kelz TBK)
2013 The Black Kupid 2: Mixtape
"Zero"
(Alpines)
2014 Oasis
"Dangerous"
(Hollaphonic Feat. Vince Kidd)
2015 Personal Space
"Crystalized"
(Diego Miranda Feat. Vince Kidd)
2016 Crystalized
"Self Control"
(Calper and Vince Kidd)
2016 Self Control

Guest appearances[edit]

Song Year Album
"Like A Virgin"[12] 2012 The Voice UK, The Final 8 – The Album
"Always On My Mind"[12]

References[edit]