Plumber Kev Crane’s rendition of the Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House” basically brought the house down — and landed him a record deal.
In July, Crane, 49, sang along to the radio while working a job in Leicestershire, England. The homeowner, Paul Conneally, launched the independent label New Reality Records last year and was “impressed” by Crane’s voice, he told The Washington Post. Crane set up a makeshift studio in his basement and recorded original songs during the pandemic and sent some of his demos to Conneally.
Conneally was “struck by the songwriting and lyrics,” he said, asking Crane if he’d be interested in releasing an album on New Reality Records. “I was stunned,” Crane told the… After. ‘You read about it that happened to someone else. You don’t expect it to happen to you.’ his album, Why can’t I be you?, was released in August and features songs he started writing 25 years ago but never finished.
“If you don’t have a dream, how can you ever make a dream come true?” said Crane. “Never give up.”