Dyke House pupil meets top record bosses as his dream of singing stardom continues

Teenage singer Michael Rice has made it through to the regional heat of the talent contest, Teen Star.
Teenage singer Michael Rice has made it through to the regional heat of the talent contest, Teen Star.
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A TALENTED teenage singer performed in front of record company bosses in the capital as his “dream” year continues to get better and better.

Dyke House Sports and Technology College student Michael Rice made the trip to London for meetings with labels BGM and Future Music.

Despite his talent, which saw him make it through to the national final of the Teen Star competition this year, Michael is only 15 and was told he can’t sign for a label until he turns 16.

But he is going to keep in close contact with both companies and has revealed he hopes to join the prestigious Brit School in September next year.

“To go to London to speak to record labels was just a dream,” said Michael, who lives in the Stockton Road area of Hartlepool.

“It’s all I’ve ever wanted.

“If someone had told me I would have made the final of Teen Star and would be performing in front of record labels a year ago I would have told them they were daft.

“But it’s just been amazing.”

Michael has featured in the Mail on a number of occasions this year after he made it through regional and northern qualifiers of the Teen Star competition to make it all the way to the final for a performance at the famous O2 Arena, in London.

He was named as a runner-up in the 13-15 age group and third place overall - and the competition has wet his appetite for more success.

He is now planning on entering the Open Mic contest, similar to Teen Star, which starts out at a regional qualifier in Newcastle and ends with a national final in the capital.

“It’s all more experience for me,” said Michael.

“To be honest I was so shocked that I made it as far as I did in Teen Star, if I can be anywhere near as successful in this competition as well then I’ll be over the moon.”

Michael is starting his final year at Dyke House today but hopes to be moving to London in 12 months time to start at Brit School.

Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis and Kate Nash are just some of the famous names who honed their trade at the prestigious school.

“That would be a dream come true to go to Brit School” added Michael.

“I’m just going to work as hard as I can over the next year, practice as much as I can and try to open as many doors as possible.”