Paul Manners burst onto our TV screen in 2015 when he auditioned for Britain's Got Talent. The success he has encountered since the show has been huge, from UK gigs, signing to record a label and attending celebrity events.
Here, I chat to Paul to find out what he's been up to since BGT and what's in store for him and his career this year...
Hey Paul! how are things going at the moment?
Everything is going steady thank you, been attending many events (with having many more to come) and been booked in for several celebrity charity football matches.
Tell me about how your career in music first come about before your BGT audition?
I’ve always been into music since I was given my first keyboard at the age of six. I had studied music, information technology, media & business studies through high school, college and university. After having a break in concentrating on working, I got onto the entertainment circuit via working for pubs. I got into DJ-ing and singing through karaoke hosting. After attaining years or experience and gaining wondering support plus a fan base, I felt it was time to push forward and appear on a family talent show.
It's been a couple of years since your BGT audition, how has life changed since then?
Since the public uproar with not reaching the semi-finals, it has been steady as I still host quiz events, DJ and perform. I’ve made numerous appearances, performed at events and helped raise thousands of pounds for charitable causes. It’s always a pleasure to see my name mentioned in new articles for the charity work and appearances of which I do. I’m still overwhelmed in receiving so much attention especially with gaining over eighty-thousand twitter followers since the show. With not making it to the live shows (although I had signed a pre-record contract with Syco/Sony and attended rehearsals at Thames Television as being written as reserve act for the semi-finals) there is so much positive hard work still to do.
You're most known from BGT, do you still get recognised since?
I still often get recognised out and about, which is really lovely to be appreciated. It’s such a privilege to always be asked to attend events for example, Miss Great Britain Final 2016, Rio Ferdinand’s Rosso restaurant launch and multiple charity football matches.
How did everything go during the auditions when you look back now?
I am always proud to liven up an audience; you only live once and might as well have a laugh. People often still refer me to being the “one who forgot the words to his own song”, there is a story behind that. I was initially asked to go to Birmingham, to which it was changed to Manchester, then the day was changed and finally the song. If I had more rehearsal time, then I wouldn’t have forgotten my words as it was a song I was not used to performing often. Although I am ever so grateful for the support of the team; they have made me unforgettable in the edit; pardoning the pun lol I am also ever so grateful for Peter Andre in writing an article in New! Magazine on me stating “yes, I’m a fan” and the build-up of extra support I have gained from other celebrities I have come to know.
How's your music career been since?
Since July I had signed a six-month recording contract with Complete Opposite Records (CO Records) UK for one single. ‘I Adore’ was released before Christmas (of which I did the mixdown and master for) and we are yet to still film the music video which will be done hopefully soon.
Have you got any tours/gigs coming up?
All performances and appearances can be found on my website paulmofficial.com.
You're a very talented musician, what are your main goals for your music career?
For others to look up to me in being multi-talented particularly in following the routes of studying. I also aim to shed a positive light upon everything in the industry.
You've crossed paths with many of famous stars, who has been your most favourite?
Although I have never met them (of which I hope to someday) I would say that my biggest followers on twitter are LL Cool J and Sir Ian McKellen. I have become close friends with Stevi Ritchie of which he has inspired me into losing weight and taking my career forward. I am truly grateful to know him and he’s always been there. I am also grateful to have a close friendship with Tish Simmonds too upon many others. Thank you everyone for being there for me.
Who are your music idols?
I am inspired by those who have had a long-lasting career, particularly those who write their own songs and play a musical instrument.
Lastly, what's in store for you this year?
Best to keep an eye on all of my social media accounts: more television, appearances, performances and charity work. Thank you once again to everyone being there and already look up to me. Always tell the truth, do what is ethically right and lose any negative people trying to drag you down for their own selfish needs. Make a positive difference.