Teen Star finalist Michael Rice visits Hartlepool schools to help inspire pupils

Michael Rice (centre) with pupils at West View Primary School
Michael Rice (centre) with pupils at West View Primary School

A TALENTED teenage singer who made it through to a national final is performing for every youngster in Hartlepool as he tours the town’s primary schools.

Michael Rice, 16, impressed the judges at every stage as he qualified for the Teen Star competition grand final, where he finished second in his age group and third overall.

He has since made regular trips to London to meet with record label bosses as well as working hard and writing his own songs.

And now he is performing those songs to youngsters in the town as part of his Inspire the Kids tour, around all of the local primary schools.

He has visited six primary schools already with lots more booked in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The Dyke House Sports and Technology College student who lives in the Belle Vue area of Hartlepool, said: “I wanted to promote my songs so I mentioned the tour to my headteacher and he thought it was a fantastic idea.

“So far the kids have been great, they absolutely love it and all like to join in.”

Michael wanted to promote all of his songs, especially his new single Walk Away and is now selling his own CD.

The CD costs £4 and £1 of every sale is donated to Bradley Lowery, the youngster from Blackhall who is battling neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer.

Talented Michael admits the last 12 months has been a dream, and he hopes to continue to build on his recent success.

He added: “For a 16-year-old to make a national final and to be speaking to record labels is just brilliant.”