The beginnings Many years ago, I had the idea that I would write and perform special songs for Valentine's Day. In all honesty, I don't think I had thought it through completely, but I rang Radio City and Radio Merseyside ( The two radio stations in Liverpool) and The Liverpool Echo newspaper. It was only while being interviewed by these people that my idea really began to take shape. They asked me what I would be wearing and I answered that I would be dressed as a wandering minstrel. I then had to find a costume, in time for Valentine's Day, which was only a few days away.
Valentine's Day Success
Radio Merseyside asked me to write a special Valentine's song for Radio Merseyside. I got hold of a copy of The Radio Times and wrote the song, including all of the names of the presenters and the shows on the radio station. I even included the radio phone-in telephone number. They played the song all week, they loved it that much. This was perfect because it demonstrated exactly what I could do. The next day, I went on Radio City, and sang a special valentines day for the female presenter. When I got home that evening, I had pages and pages of people wanting to book me for valentine's day.
In the end I performed 40 different songs for different people, and turned down over 200 people because I could not fit them in. Many of these people asked if I would do this for birthdays, weddings retirements and anniversaries, and this meant that I immediately had a successful business earning a regular income every week.
A successful business overnight
Saturdays were busiest, many people wanted to book me to surprise the bride and groom and sing a special song just for them. Some wanted just a song with their names in it saying all of the things they wanted to say to them on their wedding day, while others wanted me to write a special song for the couple from the information they gave me about them. These fully personalised songs were best, and I loved singing these songs, and revealing all of this information, I would otherwise not have known about.
In 2007, I went to University Campus Barnsley, 3 years later I graduated with an honours degree in Popular Music. I had learned to create professional recordings of my songs in a fraction of the time that it would take a professional recording studio. I realised that it would be very easy for me to record the special song for someone, in addition to writing it and performing it. So I offered the service on ebay on CD only. I printed a photo onto the body of the CD and the cover too. I had no money for advertising so the listing just sat on ebay, it turned out that the items were selling after just 3 views. Just imagine what I could achieve if I could open a featured shop on ebay. If you visit my minstrel greetings profile on ebay, you will see the amazing feedback I recieved from these customers. After all, you can hear what someone else's song sounds like but you will have no idea what it feels like to have a special song written about you or a loved one, and this, of course is what they were getting excited about.
Recently, I came across a video program that analyses your music, and creates special animated effects with your added photos and short videoclips. This now adds a new dimension to my services.
Highlights of 2012 include: