I hear you singing near the fryer... after standing by his chip pan singer Tony is off to Nashville

Singing chip shop owner Tony Fascione is preparing to fly out to Nashville to live his dream of becoming a country star. He has been singing for years but is now signed to management label. He is has been running Tony's of Outwood for the past 11 years but is willing to give it all up to make the big time.

Singing chip shop owner Tony Fascione is preparing to fly out to Nashville to live his dream of becoming a country star. He has been singing for years but is now signed to management label. He is has been running Tony's of Outwood for the past 11 years but is willing to give it all up to make the big time.

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He is known as ‘the singing chip man’ to the regulars who queue along Leeds Road for their fish suppers every tea time.

And Tony Fascione is hoping to follow in the footsteps of legendary country and western singers after he was snapped up by a music management company.

On Wednesday the 37-year-old, who runs Tony’s of Outwood, released This Christmas Time which is set to battle against the usual line up of X-Factor contestants and born-again boy bands for the coveted number one slot.

Next year he is heading to the home of country music – Nashville, Tennessee – to work with other musicians and record more material.

Mr Fascione, of Rooks Nest Road, said: “I’ve always had a love for singing. My nan was always singing to me around the house to old classics like Neil Diamond, and my love for country music came from her.

“I wish she could be here today to see me releasing my first single, she would have been proud.

“I’ve been singing for years, in the shop, at karaoke, anywhere really. But in the last year I’ve realised it really is something I want to do seriously. Since then things have just snowballed, I can’t believe it.”

This year he auditioned for Simon Cowell’s The X-Factor and managed to get through the producers stage.

But a rejection turned out to be a turning point.

He was snapped up by 360 Music Management.

He said: “They just saw something in me. I’ve been sitting down and writing new songs, developing my voice. It’s been really good.”

Ever since he left school Mr Fascione worked in chip shops and 11 years ago he bought his own on Leeds Road.

But he will leave the shop in the capable hands of his staff when he goes to Nashville.

Mr Fascione said: “It’s a dream come true. I can’t quite believe it’s happening to be honest. I’ve been telling people in the shop and everyone’s been really supportive.

“I always give 110 per cent with my shop and I’m giving everything to this because I love it.”

Until he leaves next February, Mr Fascione is concentrating on building his fan base at home.

Last night he went on stage at The Hop, and he is planning more appearances around the city.

This Christmas Time is available to download from iTunes now. For more information search for Tony Fascione on Facebook and Twitter.

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