BGT contestant reveals HEARTBREAKING story behind his amazing talent

This is just so sad


by Jadie Troy-Pryde |
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Saturday night’s installment of Britain’s Got Talent was full of the usual head turning acts – it never fails to amaze and entertain us!

But there was one act in particular that had everyone gasping in amazement, and he didn’t leave a dry eye in the room thanks to his fantastically moving performance.

Tokio Myers, 32, thrilled the judges and audience members alike with his incredible piano skills. Although it got off to a classical start, he soon began switching it up by fusing Debussy's Clair De Lune and Ed Sheeran's track, Bloodstream.

But now Tokio has appeared on Good Morning Britain to share the heart breaking story behind his phenomenal talent.

Talking to the show’s hosts, Tokio revealed that he witnessed the murder of his head teacher, Philip Lawrence, when he was just 11 years old. The 47 year-old had been trying to protect a student when he was stabbed by a gang member.

But Tokio spoke out today as he believes that turning to music following the tragic event is what has kept him focused and out of trouble during his adult life.

Tokio shared his heart breaking story* (Credit: ITV)

"It was a tragic time. It was a very tragic time and it's something that I don't wish to talk about too much because I don't wish to bring that all back for the friends and Lawrence family, but it was a tragic time and I had music to really channel my energy and stay on a positive path and I've worked and worked and worked so hard to get to this point,” he said.

"I feel very, very lucky to be in a position where I've managed to turn my life around and hopefully inspire some people who have gone through similar type of things that I’ve been through. We're here together, we can do this."

Talking of the day that he witnessed the murder, Tokio said: "I was in the music room practising and out of nowhere the door was kicked open and my music teacher [Mr Morgan] drags me off the piano stool and carries me out.

"As I was leaving the music room, I see my headmaster coming into the atrium. I see him collapse on to the floor and I see blood.

Tokio wants to inspire others to change their lives* (Credit: ITV)

“My music teacher is covering me, trying to make me not see too much.

“He escorts me out the back of the school and kicks me to a safe place and says, ‘Go home, go, go’. Ever since that day I feel like me and him have some kind of bond, not just through music but just that moment.”

Tokio pursued his music, going on to receive a scholarship for the Royal Academy of Music, and now wants other youngsters to know that there is always a chance to turn your life around.

He has an inspiring tale to tell (Credit: ITV)

“Having music kept me out of a lot of trouble. It kept me smart... protected me from other things – being dead or in jail.

“I’m fortunate I had something to channel my negative energy into in a positive way.”

This is such a touching story, and we wish Tokio the best of luck.

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