There are so many talents on X Factor UK. Last week I talked about the talented soul singer Louisa Johnson. Another one is the soul singer Anton Stephan’s who is previous backing singer for Tina Turner.
Anton did a cover of the beautiful «I`m changing», written by Henry Kriger and Tom Eyen. The song is also performed by the character Effie White, originally portrayed on Broadway by Jennifer Holliday.
Another Jennifer performed the song as Effie White in the 2006 DreamWorks/Paramount Dreamgirls motion picture adaptation. That was Jennifer Hudson. Bianca Ryan did the same song on the first season of NBC`s America`s Got Talent.
Great voices all of them, but Queen of all the Queen`s; Whitney Houston performed the song at the 10th Anniversary of Arista Records ceremony back in 1984.
The song peaked at #22 on Billboard`s Black Singles Chart, and failing to chart on Billboard`s Pop Singles Chart.
Have a listen to Anton Stephen`s version below.
The doctors revealed that he has only a few weeks left on this planet. He had tumours on his pituitary glands and his adrenal glands. But Anton is a fighter, and now it looks good again. At one stage, he said, he was only given six weeks to live.
I decided to beat this and do the X Factor, he said.
45 years old Anton has been in the background for a while and like many other backing singers, he want to be a big star. He said he is thinking like other backing singers; «What if I gave the main star on the scene a bit of a push»
Simon Cowell is a mentor and he is the man behind One Direction, who signed to Cowell`s label in 2011. The group have gone on to top singles and albums charts worldwide. The magazine Time named Cowell one of the 100 most influential people in world in 2004 and 2010.
Anton Stephans has a great soul voice. Is he gonna die, or is he gonna make people happy?