Watch: Brenda Edwards’ heart-breaking song at Acton vigil to music pioneer son Jamal Edwards

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Music mogul Jamal Edwards - who helped launch the careers of Ed Sheeran, Dave and Jessie J - died at the age of just 31 on Sunday after a sudden illness.

Brenda Edwards sang a heart-breaking tribute to her son Jamal, at the vigil to the music pioneer in Acton last night.

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Jamal Edwards at the Brit Awards in 2019. Credit: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty ImagesJamal Edwards at the Brit Awards in 2019. Credit: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images
Jamal Edwards at the Brit Awards in 2019. Credit: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images | AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of people from across the capital came together to pay their respects to the west London lad.

Devastated Mum Brenda, a Loose Women panellist who finished fourth on the X Factor in 2004, sang Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston in tribute.

Jamal Edwards mural on Acton High Street. Credit: Acton NotebookJamal Edwards mural on Acton High Street. Credit: Acton Notebook
Jamal Edwards mural on Acton High Street. Credit: Acton Notebook | Acton Notebook

The Acton Notebook website, which organised the vigil, said: “We hope that the vigil will help those that knew him, or of him, to come together to process their grief and to show their respect and admiration for a young man who has achieved so much in his short life, and done so much for his community.

“An outpouring of love and admiration.

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“A community came together tonight in the warmest way - all for you Jamal Edwards - rest in peace our hero.”

Who was Jamal Edwards?

The entrepreneur gained fame from setting up SBTV in 2006, a web-based platform championing new music, particularly in the genres of hip-hop and grime.

Edwards was a teenager when he launched the broadcasting and production film channel to upload clips he had recorded of his friends performing on the estate where he lived in Acton, west London.

Candles and Chelsea shirts laid out for Jamal Edwards. Credit: Acton NotebookCandles and Chelsea shirts laid out for Jamal Edwards. Credit: Acton Notebook
Candles and Chelsea shirts laid out for Jamal Edwards. Credit: Acton Notebook | Acton Notebook

By 2014, he had amassed an estimated fortune of around £8 million, and had worked with and helped to launch the UK music careers of the likes of Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Dave, and Ed Sheeran.

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He was also an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a charity headed by the Prince of Wales, and in 2014 he was awarded an MBE for his services to music.

Speaking to PA after being made an MBE, he said he started SBTV to give his friends a platform, and to try to help them get their videos on MTV.

He added: “YouTube was like a year old. I was like ‘I’ve got a camera for Christmas, I’m going to start filming people and uploading it’.

“Everyone was looking at me like ‘what are you doing, like you can compete with these major corporations’, but I think I was early enough to believe that I could make a change.”

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