Michael Rice

Music Practice student Michael Rice is over the moon to have been signed by record label Sony. 

The former X Factor prodigy made it onto our small screens back in 2014, blowing judges away with his cover of Whitney Houston's 'I look to you'. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, and Michael was eliminated during the Boot Camp stage of the competition.

After a brief stint working in a local shop in his home town of Hartlepool, Michael decided to enrol at Middlesbrough College on a Level 3 Music Practice course to really hone in on his skills. 

Michael is working hard on live performances having had further success online when a Youtube clip of him busking in York went viral and it was these online videos that caught the attention of record label Robbins, a division of Sony.

“Coming to Middlesbrough College has given me the chance to concentrate on my music, and things are getting really exciting now!” he said.
“The course has been fantastic in developing my song writing and production skills. My tutors have helped me secure some great gigs at local venues and schools.”

Studies: Level 3 Music Practice
Future Plans: Be a professional singer/songwriter