04/06/2017 10:47 BST

'Britain's Got Talent' Winner Tokio Myers Reveals He Was Inspired To Enter By 'Big Sister' Amy Winehouse

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‘Britian’s Got Talent’ champion Tokio Myers has revealed how it was his “big sister” Amy Winehouse who inspired him to enter the competition. 

The pianist, who triumphed in Saturday (3 June) night’s grand final, was a session musician for the late singer, has described how Amy “saw something in him” and encouraged him to go solo. 

'Britain's Got Talent' winner Tokio Myers
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Amy Winehouse died in 2011, at the age of 27

Tokio previously revealed how a bond he formed with a music teacher who shielded him seeing his headteacher collapse after being fatally stabbed at his school, helped him to get where he is today.  

The musician was just 11 when Philip Lawrence was brutally murdered by then-15-year-old Leacro Chindamo outside the gates of St George’s School in Maida Vale, West London, in 1995. 

Tokio with the 'Britain's Got Talent' judges after his win

Paying tribute to his music teacher, Mr Morgan, in his audition, Tokio said: “He was the guy I looked up to as a kid. He was my music teacher, and if it wasn’t for him guiding me and showing me where I could go, I probably wouldn’t be here or doing what I’m doing today.

 “I grew up in a really rough estate in London and that definitely played a role in sticking at music, because it was a way of releasing negative energy and turning it into something positive.

“Playing piano kept me out of a lot of trouble,” he added. 

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