Mike started singing professionally at the age of 8 when he was a chorister for five years, during which time he appeared in the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral and sang on various soundtracks including The Browning Version and The Ref. He won the solo singing category at the Beckenham Festival in 1997 and the Surrey Young Male Singer competition in 2001. Mike then went on to study music for four years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he gained a scholarship and a bachelor of music degree with honours.
In 2004 at the same time as graduating Mike auditioned as a quarter of the vocal group G4 on the first ever series of the hit TV show The X Factor and this was to change his life forever. Four friends studying together ended up reaching the final of the live shows from 50,000 applicants. G4 subsequently released three albums, which sold over two million in the UK. Their début album sold over 245,000 in its first week alone and was the fastest selling album of the year in the UK. They also released a Live at The Royal Albert HallDVD, an autobiographical book G4: Our Way and completed five sell-out tours across the UK and Ireland, including a Cathedral Tour where they sang acoustically. Other G4 highlights included collaborating with Lesley Garrett, Robin Gibb, Stephen Gately and Sir Cliff Richard, performing in the The Royal Albert Hall more than a dozen times, and having the roller-coaster ride G-Force named after them, which they opened at Drayton Manor Theme Park. After three fantastic years together as a group, they decided to disband to enable them to have more time to pursue their own individual dreams.
Mike has made over one hundred TV appearances including Through The Keyhole, Blue Peter, This Morning - twelve times, The South Bank Show and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. He has raised over £9,000 for charity by running the London Marathon and the Great South Run for Bowel Cancer UK, a charity close to his heart.
Since G4 disbanded, Mike has embarked on five solo tours across the UK, released his début solo self-penned album “to the fore”, made his pantomime début as Prince Charming in two contrasting productions of Cinderella in Exeter and Ludlow and also made his musical theatre début as the lead role of Flaminio Scala in the European Première of Ahrens & Flaherty's The Glorious Ones in London. Mike has also created an online video food blog.
Mike has starred in the UK Tour of The Sound of Musicals and the World Premiere of the musical San Domino (playing Claudio), and he wrote an opera called The Miller's Wife which premièred at the Arcola Theatre, London as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival – the London equivalent of Glyndebourne. He has written the plot, libretto and music, all of which was inspired by a discovery he made in his family tree.
Having reunited at the end of 2014, G4 celebrated their 10th Anniversary by performing for 'One Night Only' at London's Barbican Centre on 17th November. Due to phenomenal demand, they have since embarked on a 20-date UK Reunion Tour, an 8-date 'Christmas By Candlelight Tour' in 2015 and released a Christmas album. In 2016, they toured to 29 venues across the UK on their Back For Good Tour, followed by a 14-date Christmas Tour in churches and cathedrals. In 2017, made their Asia debut, and took their 'Live in Concert' tour to 35 venues in the UK, and recorded their London Union Chapel concert as a DVD where they were joined by special guests Merrill Osmond and Lesley Garrett CBE.
In recent years, Mike made his opera debut in the role of Prince Gremin in a concert version of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, followed by his fully-staged solo opera debut in Brent Opera's production of Manon Lescaut in the role of Geronte de Revoir, and Banquo in Verdi's Macbeth for Guildford Opera. At Opera Holland Park, Mike has performed in Mascagni's Iris, Puccini's La bohème, Tchaikowsky's The Queen of Spades, Leoncavallo's Zazà, Janáček's Káťa Kabanová and Mascagni's Isabeau, and in Verdi's Requiem for their memorial concert to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
In 2018, Mike released his hotly-anticipated second solo album called '10 Years On' which marked the 10th anniversary of his father's passing, and included some of his self-penned songs as well as some classics like Ol' Man River. This resulted in a solo UK tour in October, and then Mike hit the road again for G4's Christmas tour in 24 cathedrals and iconic buildings across the UK, including Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
In the same year, Mike founded The Wight Proms, the annual outdoor proms festival in Cowes, Isle of Wight, which celebrates comedy, musical theatre, opera and classical music, and includes free arts workshops for over 500 children.
In 2019, Mike has made the debut of his dream title role in Mendelssohn's Elijah, played the role of Duke of Norfolk in Saint-Saëns' opera Henry VIII, and returned to Opera Holland Park for the fourth summer running in Cilea's L'arlesiana.
In 2020, after the catastrophic devastation of the arts industry due to Coronavirus, Mike lost all his work overnight. However, like a phoenix from the pyre, Mike has diversified and performed two live shows online every Wednesday night, taught singing virtually from home, and released his third solo album 'The Mike Must Go On', comprising all self-penned songs, which you can buy here.
Whilst 2021 still looks currently uncertain for the industry, amongst other things Mike is keeping everything crossed to be able to get back on the road with G4 for their 27-date Christmas tour in Cathedrals across the UK.
This year, Mike was delighted to be a winner of the 'Isle of Wight Radio's Heroes of Lockdown Award' for keeping so many people's spirits up during the pandemic, with his live music, and the addressing of his audience's mental health.
Throughout 2021, Mike continues to perform his live online shows every Wednesday, which he has done since May 2020. Since social-distancing is no longer required, he is now able to do some of them in person, so the audience can watch the broadcast as a fly-on-the-wall.
MIKE'S TV APPEARANCES
The Alan Titchmarsh Show
An Audience with Coronation Street
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Ant & Dec's Christmas Takeaway
Avenue of the Stars: 50 years of ITV
BBC Breakfast (several times)
CD:UK (numerous times)
Children In Need
Classic FM TV specials (numerous times)
The Daniel O'Donnell Show (Ireland)
The Des & Mel Show (several times)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
The Gadget Show
Good Morning Britain
GM:TV (numerous times)
The Kelly Show (Ireland)
The Late Late Show (Ireland)
London Tonight (several times)
Loose Women (4 times)
Lorraine Kelly (several times)
Never Mind the Buzzcocks
The Paul O'Grady Show
Smile (several times)
The Saturday Show
Songs Of Praise (3 times)
The South Bank Show
Take it of Leave it
This Morning (12 times)
Through The Keyhole
Top of the Pops (3 times)
Top of the Pops Saturday
The X Factor (numerous times)
The Xtra Factor (numerous times)