London based Mike Watson is a Manchester boy at heart, born in the city but spending his formative years in both the States and Thailand. A born performer, he has spent his entire life singing and playing music, much to the annoyance of his siblings.
While music runs through his family’s blood, with his Grandma having always worked as music teacher and his Dad encouraging him to play guitar from the moment he showed an interest in a mini guitar, his life path could have turned out very differently had he followed his Granddad’s footballing passion!
An accomplished guitarist, drummer and songwriter, Mike took his first professional steps towards a recording career when he joined a band, with whom he achieved a #1 single in Japan and sold out tours across Europe and Asia. With extensive TV, radio press coverage, Mike experienced first hand the fan hysteria associated with pop success, walking away from the project more determined to achieve the same acclaim on his own terms.
Fully bitten by the performance bug, Mike knew he had to collaborate with some key writers and producers, so teamed up with the teams behind Kaiser Chiefs and Little Mix to craft a sound that was distinctively his own. While he spent time writing and recording, he road-tested his new material on support tours for Maroon 5, Nick Gardner and Magic! across Europe.
After launching a YouTube channel to re-engage with the fans of his former band, Mike soon found himself winning over an army of new fans with his heartfelt, compelling covers, including none other than Anne Marie and Martin Solveig, who have both tweeted their love of his stripped back covers.
With his social media following anxiously awaiting his next move, the sky is the limit for Mike.