Croydon's star of The Voice: 'Jessie J has told me to stride forward'
FOR Cassius, the last couple of weeks have been something of a rollercoaster.
Catapulted into stardom after wowing famous faces such as Tom Jones, Jessie J and Will.I.Am on hit BBC show The Voice, the 32-year-old made himself hordes of lovestruck fans – with many even professing their undying love and offering marriage proposals via social networking sites such as Twitter.
But the dream was stopped short when Cassius was voted off the series by his mentor, Jessie J, after she was forced to pick one person out of her final three acts to progress into the semi-finals.
"I was disappointed, but I kind of expected the worst," Cassius explained. "The whole thing was such a whirlwind and I enjoyed every single second, and hopefully I can use this now to go on further."
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Cassius is now hoping to use the platform he was given during the show to his advantage.
He said: "I love music and this experience has just started the fire.
"I can't waste too much time but I am pushing on and on now, and I really hope everything is going to take off for me.
"I want to carry on now. I am in the studio doing what I do best and what I love. I have been spending so much time in there.
"Jessie J told me to stride forward into the real world now and that's what I am doing. I learnt a lot and she even gave me a number I can get her on if I need to.
"She said she is going to try and get us in on some of the festival gigs because she is doing a lot of them this summer."
And it is not only in Croydon that Cassius has been mobbed by fans.
He said: "The love I have got from Croydon has been unreal, but people everywhere have been supportive.
"It means a lot."
The soulful crooner says he has enjoyed his second stab at fame.
Cassius was just making his way in the music world at the age of 16 when his 19-year-old brother Vivian died of an undetected heart condition. The trauma caused him to lose his fledgling career.
He added: "I definitely think my brother would be proud of me. I just want to go on and do more now."