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Elly Jay
Czech Republic
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Elton Lodewyk, son of Willem and Anne Lodewyk, was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He is the youngest of five children. Elton started playing the guitar and keyboard by ear in church at the age of 10 years old with his eldest brother Jonathan, who was the lead musician. He began singing at the age of 12 when the primary school music teacher heard him sing while he was practicing piano in the school hall. She invited him to audition for the regional school choir. Since then, it was never-ending. He toured all over South Africa with the Stellenbosch Children's Choir, including performances for former President Nelson Mandela. He attended Luckhoff High School and Cloetesville High, where he started his group called Another Vibe. They performed all around Cape Town and Johannesburg at big festivals, modeling shows, and shopping centers. The first song he wrote, ‘Love of My Life,’ was featured on a compilation album ‘Music from the Cape Winelands,’ which was produced by Dutch producer, singer, and songwriter Jerome Arthur. The album was sold in Holland and across South Africa. Elton entered the Yamaha Young Talent Contest in 2004, where he was the overall winner in the Western Cape in the Songwriting, Piano, and Singing category. He was the runner-up winner in the South African Finals with the original song ‘Baby Love.’ In 2005, he was one of the top 5 Vodacom/Burger Plus Star finalists. They toured with Nicholis Louw and Hi-5 across South Africa. The competition was also broadcast on the KykNET channel, which was a huge exposure for him. During the same time, Elton was offered a contract in Mallorca, Spain, where he got to perform in popular venues and hotels. He started touring Austria, Germany, and traveled around the Czech Republic, Holland for a while. Elton is currently touring in Spain, where he is doing various shows.
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