My musical career spans four decades. I was introduced to music when I was four years old. I began playing guitar and piano, eventually studying with The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
By the time I was in my early teens, I’d composed numerous songs. At the age of 23 I had my first hit record. To date I’ve been fortunate enough to have sold over 40 million records and been credited with writing 75 single and album hits (I’m probably best known for the song I’m In The Mood For Dancing).
In addition to my work in the record industry, I’ve composed numerous songs and themes for television and radio.
Cliff Richard, The Drifters, The Shadows, Billy Ocean, Greg Lake, The Nolans, The Dooleys, Bucks Fizz, Guys ‘n Dolls.
BBC, SKY Television, Oracle, Stingray Digital, Gold TV, Capital Radio, Pepsi, JVC, Martini.
Industry Awards & Accomplishments
40 million record sales, Ivor Novello Award Nominations: “Songwriter of The Year” and “Most Performed Work”, three Tokyo Music Festival Awards, BMI, ASCAP, BPI Awards, 2014 Certificate of Distinction from The Oticons Faculty.
Education / Skills
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Piano, Guitar, Vocals. Songwriter, Record Producer, Sound Engineer.
The shift towards digital media is inevitable. For the last two years, downloads and streaming overtook physical media, with the biggest decline in the demand for physical sound recordings for a decade. If I am elected as a Writer Director of PRS I will do my utmost to represent the interests of songwriters and composers and to secure their future. I will actively support PRS for Music and its chief executive Robert Ashcroft in his efforts to tackle the legal loopholes and issues threatening songwriters’ and composers’ digital livelihoods.
Download Mike's Canvassing Statement
Proposed for appointment by: Mike Batt, Ian Gomm, Nicky Graham, Jimmy Helms, David Mindel, Robert Puzey, Les Reed, Steve Rodway, Pam Sheyne and Geoff Stephens.
List of directorships: none.