'It feels good to be back': Norwich teen scouted by Spice Girls' manager for global boy band home for Christmas
PUBLISHED: 08:58 04 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:38 04 December 2017
A former Norwich school student is set for global stardom after being signed by the former manager of the Spice Girls.
After finding fame in the Philippines, Bailey May, 15, is hoping to “inspire” other youngsters and fulfil his dream of singing and dancing as he joins international pop group Now United.
The band has been created by Simon Fuller, the mastermind behind American Idol, as well as the former manager of the Spice Girls and S Club 7.
Made up of 14 different teenagers from across the world, Bailey will be representing his birth nation, the Philippines.
The former Notre Dame High School student said: “We all share the same dream of singing and dancing. We just want to make the world a better place.
“If you commit to wanting to achieve what you dream of it can become a reality. I was the kid who was hanging out at the food courts and now I’m reaching my dream and I hope I can inspire others too as well.”
But for now, he has returned from Los Angeles to his home in Poringland, Norwich, to relax with his family at Christmas.
Bailey added: “It feels good to be back. Having arrived here when I was four years old it has really been my home.
“I am more relaxed here. I get to be a normal person and chill, it feels great.
“I have been meeting my school friends in the city, it has been really fun. It is like we have never been apart.”
Bailey’s first glimpse of stardom came after his cover videos went viral online. Since then the young talent has been on Pinoy Big Brother where he finished fourth, released an album called Bailey and amassed more than one million likes on Facebook.
“I never knew the reaction would be this crazy. From singing in my living room to signing a contract in Hollywood,” Bailey added.
Bailey will be returning to Los Angeles in the new year to complete his EP before touring with Now United. He hopes to work with Sean Kingston, as it was the cover of his song Beautiful Girls that launched his career.