SINGER-SONGWRITER Jade Helliwell is rapidly becoming an international sensation after a video featuring her performing with a busker in Leeds racked up more than 14 MILLION views online this week.
The Batley performer, 26, was enjoying a night out in Leeds when she spotted a street musician and asked if she could join him for an impromptu duet.
The busker and onlookers got a surprise when they quickly discovered that Jade was not just a Saturday night reveller joining in for a bet.
The country singer belted out the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah, filling the streets with her powerful voice, and a video of the collaboration was shared on Facebook.
Since then it has been watched more than 13 million times – and thanks to the publicity her latest album is currently at number eight in the UK charts.
Jade, who works as a teaching assistant at Ravensthorpe Junior School, is well known on the local music scene and has gigged in venues across the district since she was a teenager.
She said she decided to join in after she heard the busker’s “beautiful voice”, and she wrote on her Facebook page: “After chatting he let me sing a song with him.
“I only knew the chorus and a verse but we had a good time singing together.
“The beauty of music – you can cross paths with someone you’ve never met and come together for a few (minutes) and just enjoy the performance.”
A Facebook Live video on Wednesday night, in which Jade performed some of her own music at a local house party and took requests from those watching online, has already been viewed more than 135,000 times and she now has 50,000 fans on Facebook.
In the video she also announced a national tour in August and September, alongside Blackpool-based singer-songwriter Emma Moore.
In another post on Wednesday night she wrote: "These past few days have been a blur. I'm thankful of what's come, I'm excited for what's to come. Thanks again for all your love and support. You've blown my mind."
The talented singer launched her EP 'Forget The Night' last October.
Billed as a “true country” sound, it follows on from Jade’s debut album, Secrets, for which she was nominated as best country singer 2016 by UK Country Radio.
The five-track album features Jade's catchy ballads and acoustic guitar melodies and last year reached as high as number two in the UK country music chart and number 40 in the UK album chart.
But this latest publicity saw Forget The Night reach number one in the country music chart and number eight album chart this week.
Her next gig in North Kirklees will be at the Batley Irish Nash on Saturday, May 20.
Forget The Night is available on all major online platforms (iTunes, Amazon etc). For more information visit jadehelliwell.com.