By Luke Hanrahan
April 5, 2022
Kev Crane was once just a plumber who sang at work. Now, he puts his talents at the service of the public.
Kev Crane was just a plumber in the UK who sang at work. Now he’s getting some unexpected attention, landing an unexpected record deal and a Hollywood movie deal.
“It’s just crazy,” Crane said. “I can’t describe it, I don’t have words to describe it because it’s just too weird. It’s like an out of body experience. That’s the only way I can describe it. I never expected that.”
Crane built a home studio during the pandemic and wrote and recorded his 80s tracks and covers.
Now it’s an album, released last September thanks to a man who needed his bathroom fixed.
“He sang on every song on the radio, whether he knew it or not,” Paul Conneally said with New Reality Records. “I didn’t give it much thought until the neighbors said, ‘Who’s singing in your bathroom? Because it was summer and the windows were open. And I said ‘Well, it’s the plumber.’ And they said, “Oh, well, he has a very good voice.” And I thought, ‘Well, I’ll listen.'”
Hollywood caught wind of Crane’s story. Now he’s signed a movie deal with Los Angeles-based filmmaker Stacy Sherman and screenwriter and producer Billy Ray, who were both behind the 2013 blockbuster “Captain Phillips” and “Hunger Games” films.
It’s an unlikely story that has now gone viral, making Crane a celebrity in his rural community.
“[It’s] so exciting,” said Danielle Luik, Crane’s client. “I have two young boys. The 10-year-old is like, ‘Oh my God, he’s at our house’, so we keep saying we need to take a selfie before he leaves our house.”
Crane continues to install bathrooms by day and record new songs by night.
He says he hopes Jude Law will play him in the movie about his life.