Homeless singer releases first EP after meeting Prince William at hostel


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A young musician has released his first collection of songs after being encouraged to follow his dreams by Prince William.

Tresor Kiambu, 21, came to Britain as an orphan after his parents fled the threat of political violence in the Congo. He performed a half-finished song, Best Friend, to the prince during a royal visit to a Soho hostel run by homelessness charity Centrepoint.

"He just told me to keep going," recalled Tresor, who performs under the name Tres B. "He definitely inspired me. When I went back to my room I had some new ideas."

Now Best Friend is the title song of his debut three-track EP, which will be launched tomorrow at the Roundhouse Rising festival in Camden.

Tres and William first met in December 2009 when the prince was serving breakfast in the hostel after sleeping rough near Blackfriars Bridge to mark the charity's 40th anniversary.

Tres had no idea that he had performed his song to the second in line to the throne as they sat down to breakfast. The pair met again when William hosted a Centrepoint event at Clarence House.

Tres never learned what became of his parents, whose government jobs put them at risk after a change of power in the Congo, and was brought to England by a friend of his mother. He ended up being transferred between hostels but lost his place because of drink problems and would stay with friends or walk around all night to avoid sleeping rough.

Eventually he was put in contact with Centrepoint, which he now regards as his "family". He has performed at music festivals including Big Chill and supported The Black Keys and hopes to move into his own home.

Best Friend, described as a "swirling mix of central African folk, hip-hop and soul", can be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon. Tres's musical heroes are Michael Jackson and Bob Marley.

"My dream one day is to be a superstar," he said.

article submitted by:Enrico Pisci, Plum Music