In 2008 at aged 18, with an ignited confidence after winning the ‘Youth Music’ National competition, Preston-born Singer/songwriter, Mike Dignam independently wrote, recorded and released his debut EP ‘World of Our Own’.
The release was the catalyst for the growth of an army of fans. Engaged with Mike’s music and journey they supported him as he was invited to perform at ‘Rock in the Park’ alongside JLS, Tiao Cruz and Mr. Hudson, embarked on a UK tour with Gabrielle Aplin and fuelled the release of his second offering; a live acoustic EP.
The development continued through 2011 and 2012 as Mike joined Joe Brooks, Elliot Minor, Nick Harper, Roachford and Kate McGill on UK tours, culminating in an invite to perform at the Rockness festival with Paolo Nutini, The Wombats, Katy B and Lucy Rose.
Writing credits came thick and fast as Mike was invited to write with the ‘Steelworks’ team, ‘The Invisible Men’, Janet Devlin and co-wrote The Mend’s (Britain’s Got Talent finalist’s) debut single; “Where Were You”. Rounding off the year, Mike was asked to support Lewis Watson on their sold-out UK tour.
Mike’s second studio EP and his third release; ‘Paint’, triggered a nomadic European tour as he traveled the continent through street performances and pop-up gigs, passing through Germany, Austria, Belgium and France. Upon his return to the UK he was invited to tour with Lawson on their 18-date, UK & Ireland sell-out arena tour.
Sponsorship offers from Fly53 and an endorsement by Hofner Guitars (joining the likes of Sir Paul McCartney) reinforced that Mike, through his music and loyalty to his fans, was becoming an artist of credibility and noteworthiness. With a passion for sharing his music with his fans, and involving them in his development, Mike released a third studio EP, ‘Young’.
The summer of 2013 saw Mike tour the UK in partnership with HMV as he was invited to perform in their key stores, appear at festivals and complete a park tour where his fans were invited to join him, for free in 16 different Cities around the UK all feeding in to the release of his summer EP; ‘Live. Love. Sing.’ entering the iTunes singer/songwriter chart at number 5. The year was closed by a 15-date, debut headline tour of the UK, which was greatly received.
2014 has already had Mike writing with Matty Benbrook (Paolo Nutini), Jake Bugg, Nick Atkinson (Gabrielle Aplin) and Sam McCarthy, embark on a tour with ‘Tich’, a support tour with 5 Seconds of Summer on their sold-out UK tour and also their sold-out tour of Australia, and with his new EP ‘it was written’ currently on pre-order with a release date of 10th August, this year is shaping up to be a very successful one for Mike.
To watch Mike’s ‘Young’ music video, click here.
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