A WIGAN entertainer who performs as a Robbie Williams tribute act is branching out to find new talent.
Lee Michaels and his step-dad, Alan Dunn, have set up an agency – Buisness Entertainments (note the unusual spelling) – which provides tribute artists for events.
The 37-year-old who performs under the name Ultimate Robbie will be supplying entertainers for cruise company Tallink Silja, where he will be contracted to for nine weeks from September to November.
Lee, of Wigan Lane, said: “I have always wanted to set up a talent agency, and with my step dad’s 30 years experience in the industry, plus my 18 years in entertainment, we thought we could find some really good talent.
“We supply artists for cruise ships, theatres, television, major hotel chains and many corporate companies worldwide. But what is really exciting at the moment is that Tallink Silja wanted us to find good entertainers and this fits perfectly with me wanting to be a talent scout as well as a singer.
“It needs to fill nine ships and lots of tribute acts from all over the UK audition.
“It came about when I did a private audition in a bar in Blackpool and I landed the cruise gig.
“The cruise liner travels around Scandinavia, Estonia, Russia, Sweden, and the Baltics.
“I enjoy doing gigs on cruises as it is a solid booking.
“I am really excited as Shanay Holmes, who is currently starring in the West End version of The Bodyguard, will be auditioning through my agency. She does a great Whitney Houston and Beyonce act.
“It is really taking off and I am really proud of our venture.”
And for the first time, Lee will take on Michael Buble as another bow to his string.
He added: “I need to do two tribute acts and so have chosen Michael Buble. I have never tried him before, but I have the new outfits and have being singing his songs.
“It is exciting as it is a new venture and I will be able to pull off another tribute act and get even more work, especially as he is pretty popular at the moment.”
After a two-year break, Lee returned to the world of entertainment at the end of last year, with a 54-date tour of civic halls and theatres as a tribute to Robbie Williams.
The singer added: “I did a lot of partying, similar to Robbie, but I am now focusing on my career.
“I am excited to be back performing as Robbie as I love being on the stage and entertaining people.”
Lee will also headline at the Wigan and Leigh Hospice Festival at Robin Park Arena on July 19.
More details about the hospice festival will be released later.
Visit Lee Michael’s agency - www.buisnessentertainments.com