Hi, I'm Michael Collings. In 2011 I was on Britain's Got Talent and I came 5th over all in the 2011 series.
You can help me make my debut album. I performed "Fast Car" written by Tracy Chapman. After my performance Tracy Chapman's version went back into the Uk chart at #4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13182090 My audition video has had 19 million views on YouTube BUT I am still unsigned.
Here is the link to the 19 million views video on YouTube. http://bit.ly/KfMJaX
This video was the 5th most viewed video on YouTube in 2011 behind Rebecca Black's Friday and a 3 other videos in 2011. I was invited on SKY News to talk about being the 5th most viewed video on youTube last year. Here is one newspaper report on me being #5.http://bit.ly/tqVxdT
So I decided to made a video of "Fast Car" for £500 and we have had 650,000 views on it so far - link -
What I need to make my album
But despite all this and amazing comments from Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden and David Hasselhoff I have not been signed to Simon Cowell's record label or any other record label. I really want to make singing my career, the comments on my videos have been amazing and I believe I can make a fantastic album. I am working on songs with a couple of writers and I am ready to go into the studio to record them but I need to raise the money to record them as to be honest I can't afford to otherwise. I am still working in a computer shop in Plymouth, England.
This is my YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/mikiecollings1/videos - you can listen to more clips of me singing there. iTunes will release the album if I finish it. My version of "Fast Car" is already on iTunes http://bit.ly/rEJgr9 Amazon http://amzn.to/JjLCHu and also on Spotify. I am hoping that if you like my voice and think that I would make a nice album you will help me reach my goal. I need £1500 per track to pay for studio time, and mastering time.
It will take about 3 months to make finish album. The Impact you'll have on this and my life is huge! It would mean a great deal to me to make this album and I believe that if it's a success that it would lead to a proper recording career and I would then be able to tour the songs.
If you can help me, please contribute and if you can't contribute please tell your friends so that perhaps they will be able to help or just enjoy my music.
Starting from zero got nothing to lose" Thank you Michael Collings
here are some more videos of me singing.... so you know what sort of voice and style to expect on the album...
Risks and challenges
After Britain's Got Talent I recorded Fast Car and managed to get it onto iTunes and Amazon via Artists Without A Label (AWAL).
I have run out of money to complete the album as studio time is so expensive.
I have 6 songs finished and I need to record another 5 to finish the album and to pay for a PR firm, and a plugger to take my records to the radio station. My target will help finish the record and if I get more money I can help promote the record and make a video.
I really need about £4000 to finish the studio time. About £2000 to hire a PR firm to let everyone know it's out for 2 weeks and £2000 to hire a radio plugger to help get the radio stations to play my songs. I have only asked for a £1000 so please help me prove you don't need to win Britain's Got Talent to release an album.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Hi. I believe you have to hit your target to get any money at all from Kickstarter, so I have set a low target so I will get the money, rather than miss out asking for £6000. Hopefully I will be over funded and be able to make the album, if I only reach the £1000 then I will be able to make 1 song and then ask for a 2nd round of funding. thanks
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