Young Football Star Signs to Universal

London schoolboy, Tyler Rix who recently rose to fame on the BBC1 series, Classical Star, swapped his dreams of becoming a professional football for a career in music, when he was approached by Universal Music with the offer of a £1 million four-album record deal.

It would have been a tough decision for the talented footballer, who as one of the fastest ever signings to the prestigious West Ham Academy that launched the careers of Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand, had a bright future ahead of him.

However Tyler Rix opted to pursue his dreams of playing the saxophone professionally and within the familiar surroundings of West Ham's Upton Park, he signed the contract in the presence of Dickon Stainer - Managing Director of Universal Classics and Jazz.

Tyler, who began playing the saxophone at the age of 9 nearly didn't become a contestant in the Classical Star programme. After placing a late entry, by luck an extra London audition was added and he went through to the final stage of the competition.

His other musical achievements include a scholarship at Junior Guildhall and the BBC Fame Academy Award in 2007.

In reaction to his signing, Tyler said 'I couldn't believe I'd been called up by Universal. I always knew that one day I would have to choose between my music and my football commitments. I could never have dreamt of making that choice in such a spectacular way.'

Tyler's debut album 'Ascent', which features a smooth selection of saxophone melodies soaring over choral and string accompaniments, will be released on 2nd February.

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