Caribbean Singing & Music Article
Caribbean singing the praises of Barbados article, with renowned musician Mike King
Caribbean singing & music article about Mike King in Barbados – Written by Travel Writer & Editor Linda Jackson
Generally, on return from a holiday in Barbados, virtually everyone sings the praises of the island. After all, Barbados does have fabulous weather, fine-dining restaurants, luxurious hotels and beautiful soft pink-white sand beaches and is, consequently, a big hit with VIPs and celebritities. Little did I realise that there are interesting alternative meanings to “big hit” and “singing the praises of Barbados”.
First, let’s cover the “singing the praises of Barbados” phrase which now, to the enlightened me, has a whole new meaning since coming across Mike King – a very talented man who spends a lot of time in Barbados… singing. Or, more to the point, getting his house guests to sing – with the help of his Caribbean-born wife, seasoned vocalist, Carol King.
Together Mike and Carol run singing holidays at their luxury villa on the west coast of Barbados, where guests stay for the duration of the singing vacation. Mike, who is a top UK vocal coach, leads the vocal sessions which include breathing and relaxation techniques and group harmony singing, as well as vocal warm-up and technique exercises to help develop your voice, and individual performance training.
With a repertoire that focuses on soul, jazz, gospel and pop classics, and with such a qualified tutor, all taking place in a luxurious tropical setting in the Caribbean, I’m already singing the praises of this special interest singing holiday in Barbados before the tiniest of squeaks has even left my vocal cords.
Music is what Mike King is all about. Not only is he a successful artist and gifted singer in his own right, but he is also a song writer, pianist, vocal coach, musical director and producer. He’s defininitely got the X factor. Well, a touch of it anyway – as a freelance vocal coach his recent clients have included participants in the popular television programme ‘X-Factor’ as well as artists who have performed beside Beyoncé, Rita Ora and John Legend. Pretty impressive I would say. He writes and produces for and with artists for films and advertisements, and is regarded by many as being one of the top vocal coaches in the UK.
As for a big hit… not only has Mike directed 5,000 people at London’s Wembley Arena in order to raise money for Save the Children fund, helping to smash a Guiness World Record, but he has directed choirs for recordings at the Beatle-famous Abbey Road Studios, and had a big hit on BBC Radio with one of his songs (“That’s when I miss you the most”) which was named the radio station’s ‘Song of the Week’.
Caribbean singing vacations – Barbados Singing Holidays
After talking to Mike about his singing vacations in Barbados, I’m left feeling impressed. What a great way to make friends and mix with people who have the same interests. And what a fabulous destination to do it in. Mike also organises singing holidays in the UK and Spain and, considering what’s included in the price, the holidays are going for a song (please excuse the pun!).
Mike tells me that his seven-night Caribbean singing holidays in Barbados are for a maximum of eight guests and that the daily singing workshops start at 10am and finish at 1pm. There’s plenty of time for exploring the island and relaxing on the beach, which is right on his villa’s doorstep. Not only do guests enjoy the facilities of one of the finest private beachfront properties in Barbados, but also – being on the west coast – the very best of Caribbean sunsets as well as landscaped tropical gardens that overlook the Caribbean Sea.
After such a fun Caribbean singing holiday as this in Barbados, it is no surprise that Mike and Carol’s guests all leave singing the praises of Barbados – LOUD AND CLEAR. Who couldn’t, anyway, after a week of vocal coaching?
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