A WIGAN singer will jet off into the sun to spend several months singing in hotels on the Balearic party capital of Ibiza this summer.
Hindley vocalist Ricky Birchall will swap the venues of the North West for the sand, sea and blue skies of the Mediterranean clubbers’ paradise, performing his songs around the island.
Ricky started singing at a young age and has been performing for around six years, taking part in competitions such as Open Mic UK and Wigan’s Got Talent as well as establishing himself around the region as a cabaret and wedding artist.
Most of his repertoire is currently taken from pop music or the Rat Pack singers such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, but Ricky says he will be adding a few new songs to his set lists in preparation for his trip to the European home of the dance beat.
Ricky, 26, said: “I’m really excited to be offered something like this and get the chance to represent my home town in Ibiza. I’ve never been there before so it should be interesting.
“I will be singing a few more dance tracks by people like Calvin Harris. There will be a few things to learn and it will be a nice challenge for me.
“I usually sing current chart material, covering songs by people like Drake and Passenger, but I also really like the swing and jazz stuff. I grew up listening to music from that era and my dad sang a lot of it.
“My whole family are musicians and being around that obviously influenced me in terms of what I wanted to do.”
Ricky’s trip to Ibiza came about after videos of him singing posted on Youtube came to the attention of an agent.
As well as producing his cover versions he has been working with producers including Caine Ward and Matthew James and recording some of his own self-penned material.
He has also been using his vocal talents to help out a range of charities, including Sarcoma and Wigan and Leigh Hospice.
As well as his solo career Ricky also performs as a duo with his younger brother James, with the siblings’ close harmonies and acoustic music impressing the judges at the Open Mic UK regional finals and securing them a hometown slot on the bill at the Wigan Christmas lights switch-on event.
Ricky said: “To be singing on a professional basis is a dream come true for me.
“I’ve been recording a lot of videos in the studio and getting my official website up and running, and a few things have started to click into place for me. It’s really nice to be getting some recognition.
“It’s a new chapter for me and hopefully it will be something which I can be very proud of when I look back on it later in life.”
For more information about Ricky, visit his website www.rickybirchallofficial.com, search for him on Youtube or follow him on Twitter @rickybofficial