Musician and George Eliot Hospital staff member Michael Croutear had his big break recently as his Christmas song ‘I know that Christmas is here’ was picked up by the BBC Radio Introducing show.
Michael, an Operational Manager in the hospital’s Womens and Children’s Team, penned the song recently and recorded it in his home studio, performing all the vocals and instruments himself. He is a keen guitarist and vocalist, playing in the Birmingham Children’s Hospital charity band ‘On the Raggedy Edge’ and also taking the role of Freddie Mercury in a Queen tribute band.
Michael said: “I was driving to work recently and suddenly was inspired to write the song. It’s amazing how suddenly it came to me – unfortunately I missed the motorway turn-off to Nuneaton while I was composing it in my head!”
Michael cites his musical influences as Queen, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles and has been playing guitar for 17 years, frequently appearing at charity functions and social events. His Christmas single is also getting wide airplay on local radio station Anker Radio which broadcasts to the George Eliot Hospital and wider Nuneaton community.
He added: “I’m really excited that the BBC picked up the song. I’m busy working on other material at the moment, so you never know where this might take me.”
Michael can be seen performing his song on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfFPfV9dRjs and his appearance on BBC Hereford and Worcester’s Introducing programme can be listened to at 1’11” here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05pnt4m