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]



As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions
"Sick Love"
(featuring Lady Leshurr)
2012 198
"The Zoo"
(featuring Shystie or Vanessa White)
"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
2014 Oasis
(Hollaphonic Feat. Vince Kidd)
2015 Personal Space
(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]