Tom Odell grew up listening to Elton's music. So he was thrilled when the rock legend personally chose him as his opening act at last month's iTunes festival.
The 22-year-old told the Toronto Sun:
''We saw him at a festival, 'cause we were both performing at another festival, and we got into his dressing room and we had a chat about music, it was me and the band. It was f---ing just amazing. I'm still flying high from this ... It fills me with a lot of confidence as well.''
When the interviewer wondered if it was destiny that they met, Tom said:
''It's weird isn't it? I mean I talk about him a lot in interviews ... I mean he even said that to me, he said, 'Thank you for mentioning me!' It's very strange, very surreal.''
The singer-songwriter also talked about winning the Brit's Critics' Choice award, saying he appreciated the honour ''because it came at a time when I was almost completely unknown . . .
''And to win the Critics' Choice at that stage, it definitely turned my life from one thing to another very quickly in terms of what I was doing every day. Which was, actually, quite overwhelming to start with, so nine months on I feel a bit more accustomed to it.''