A SINGER who created music in his bedroom is now carving out a successful career.

Stevie Hoang, 24, cut his teeth on tour with R'n'B stars N-Dubz and Tinchy Stryder last year and is now on tour with former X Factor finalists JLS.

Born in the UK to Chinese parents from Vietnam, he’s been hailed as ‘the Chinese Ne-Yo’ and has recently signed to Mercury Records.

He has sold 65,000 albums in Japan, where he also had a Number One airplay single.

Yet Stevie was an unsigned artist when he moved to Braintree from London, where he grew up, in early He has been working on his debut British release since signing with Mercury last summer and re-working some of his Japanese tracks with people who have worked with the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Chipmunk, Lady GaGa and 50 Cent.

"Working by yourself a lot you just get used to a certain sound and you just keep doing the same old thing," said Stevie.

"But even in the last two months I think I’ve grown as an artist by working with these new people."

Talking about the JLS tour, he said: "That’s gonna be huge."

* Stevie's new single, No Coming Back, is released on March 8.