Mike Christie shot to fame in G4 after a lifetime in music. On Friday, he releases his second solo album, the splendid ’10 Years On’.
This album is a gorgeous celebration of Mike’s remarkable voice and talent.
Most thrilling is that this album doesn’t make easy or predictable choices. There’s some incredible pieces that are rarely recorded by an artiste of Mike’s stature.
His new album confirms that he is one of the most engaging, charming, gifted, talented, committed and impressive singers of his generation – and the genre.
Most impressive is Mike’s ability to write songs that sound like established standards. He opens with his self-penned ‘No Lullaby’ followed by the haunting ‘September’, dedicated to his father, which is arguably the best track on the album.
‘I hope’ is a glorious song that highlights Mike’s effortless tone. There’s also perfectly delivered big hits like ‘Goin’ Home’ & ‘Swing Low’ arranged masterfully by Mike.
‘Stars’ featuring Daniel Boys is a powerful version of this Les Mis classic. Mary Jess offers another lovely duet.
Most powerful is that this album is dedicated to his father who he lost 10 years ago. How could Mike’s Dad not be proud of his son’s remarkable & continued career & achievements?
‘Ol’ Man River’ for me proves what an incredibly rich and effortless voice Mike has. Packed with pathos, he shines through every note of this thunderously powerful story.
You can hear Mike’s new album on tour this autumn including at London’s Zidel’s on Oct 20th. GET THE NEW ALBUM BELOW via Amazon.
Mike Christie is an English singer-songwriter, composer, and baritone with classical popera group G4 from series 1 of The X Factor back in 2004.
Mike Christie was born in Redhill, Surrey.
He began singing professionally at the age of eight when he was offered a place as a chorister at Reigate St. Mary’s Choir School.
In 1993, he gained admission into Ardingly College where he studied singing under John Dudley and Director of Music Robert Hammersley.
It was during this period he appeared in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral as a member of a choir at one of the weddings featured; they would later record the soundtrack for The Browning Version.
After his voice broke, Mike Christie took a couple of years out, taking A levels in Chemistry, Art & Design and Music before returning to singing at the age of seventeen.
He later spent four years at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2004 with Honours in Singing and Piano.
Review by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio 1st October 2018.