Big band music is riding high in the Christmas charts thanks to Robbie Williams’ Swings Both Ways.
And the enduring popularity of big band music has inspired a Lancaster singer to pick up the microphone again and record his own swing album.
Mike Haywood was a teenage singing prodigy who won The Visitor’s Voice of 2006 search for a star seven years ago.
Now 23, and after taking time out to set up a web design and online marketing business in Berkshire, Mike has returned to his first love of singing.
“The business reached pretty self-sustainable levels earlier this year and people had been asking me what I was doing with my singing,” said Mike.
So in June this year he finally got back into the studio accompanied by Phil Dando and his big band.
“They’ve got credentials coming out of their ears and recently recorded the big band music for a Kelly Brook TV advert,” said Mike, a former pupil at Lancaster Royal Grammar School.
“the group consists of guys who have toured with Tony Bennett and the like over the years, so it was great for me to get 13 of them in the studio.
“It’s already created quite a staggering amount of interest.”
A YouTube preview of the Michael Buble-style album ‘All Of Me’ has been viewed 17,000 times and he now has more than 24,000 followers on Twitter.
It has been pre-ordered by fans in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, the US and of course several from the UK.
Mike has also been approached by radio stations about playing come of the tracks including Calon FM in Wales.
The album release comes at the end of a prominent year for Lancaster music.
“Paul Akister is a friend of mine and it’s been great to see him do The X Factor,” said Mike.
“I guess my route to promoting my music has been quite different.”
‘All of Me’ is now available on iTunes with Amazon and Spotify soon to follow.