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Examiner Music Spotlight: Budding R&B/Pop Star Ebon Lurks

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It’s hard to believe Ebon Lurks doesn’t have a record deal yet. The 18-year-old singer has pop star good looks, vocals reminiscent of Justin Bieber and Chris Brown, and thousands of die-hard fans known as “Lurkers.” Without major label backing, he’s amassed more than 25,000 YouTube subscribers and 3.5 million YouTube views, not to mention more than 35,000 fans and followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. His YouTube cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You” — recorded in a bathroom and backed only by a pair of pencils used as makeshift drumsticks — has more than 350,000 views.

But there’s more to the Oklahoma native’s story than raw talent, good looks and popular videos that prompt marriage proposals from fans. When he was just 2 years old, Ebon suffered the ultimate loss — the untimely death of both of his parents. In the wake of the tragedy, his grandmother Hattie and her daughters Tammy & Heidi raised Ebon and his brother, Malek.

Ebon soon turned to music as a source of solace and found inspiration in artists ranging from Boyz II Men, Usher and Luther Vandross to modern-day idols like Bieber and Brown. At 15, Ebon decided to transform his love for music into a career and quickly built up an adoring fan base.

Now, Ebon is ready to push his career to the next level and give the legion of Lurkers some original music. He recently released his debut single “One Day,” a catchy pop/R&B number about a girl who’s just out of reach. Considering his success with cover songs, there’s no telling where this wave of new music will take him.With undeniable talent and charm, thousands of devoted fans and original music on the way, Ebon stands poised to fulfill his dreams and share his passion for music with millions across the globe.

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