Mike Starkings was formerly the managing director of the Harrogate financial software solutions company CODA UK, but gave that all up to pursue what Mike says is his ‘real job’.
After months of writing and recording Mike’s released his album ‘Real Surprise’. The album is a mix of country, pop, rock and there’s even some blues in there. Every track tells a story – some of the songs Mike wrote 20 years ago, others he put together more recently- after leaving corporate life behind.
The album’s been met with rave reviews, Mike’s had publishing offers and he’s going to be out performing locally very soon.
It’s been a long journey to get to a place where I am performing my own material, and leaving the security of corporate life. It’s a step into the unknown.
Here’s my album – I’m bearing my soul with these songs.
”I would urge you to listen to Mike’s material- a song craftsman” – Guy Hayden EMI
”We’ve been playing it continually and we are really impressed with the diversity of the songs, the clarity of the vocals and the quality support from fellow artists…” – Nik Wood – Presenter BBC Look North
”Good local stuff. Written locally. Produced locally…all these Yorkshire songs by Yorkshire people. It was fabulous. Such a great atmosphere. Mike’s a great all-round entertainer ” – Keith Hutton who went to see Mike play at The Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough