Mike King and his wife, Carol, created Barbados Singing Holidays in 2011 to combine their passion for encouraging people to sing with their love of the Caribbean.
Marrying into a West Indian family, Mike now divides his time between Barbados and London. He is considered to be one of the UK's leading choir directors and has gained a reputation for his emotive vocal arrangements and his enthusiasm for making positive change through music.
By the age of 20 Mike was teaching singing at Goldsmiths University of London and now, nearly two decades on, runs vocal workshops and directs choirs internationally – both professional and community. He has worked as a vocal coach for the UK television show The Voice, directed the world's largest choir in the Biggest Band Project for the Guinness Book of Records and has worked with artists such as Mark Ronson, Lily Allen and Florence + the Machine.
Mike is the founder and MD of his unique project the Mike King Collective (MKC), one of the UK’s premier jazz, soul and R&B vocal groups, and together they have performed with two-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo and at a host of concerts and events in UK's most prestigious venues.
Mike has been commissioned to arrange and direct performances for clients including the BBC, Abbey Road Studios and Channel 4 and he dedicates much of his time to raising money for various charities worldwide such as the St. Thomas Lupus Trust, Hope Foundation Barbados, Terrence Higgins Trust, Chisomo Orphanage in Malawi and Water Aid. He created his own foundation, the MyCool Music Foundation, in 2018 which aims to make a positive difference to individuals and communities through music.
Mike and Carol create a warm, friendly and supportive environment. They pride themselves in offering an amazing holiday experience and providing a personal service that ensures clients have the best time possible.
For more information on Mike King go to www.mycoolking.com.
"The music was what made it something very special and different. The joy of singing some wonderful songs with others and experiencing some amazing soulful/jazz music that just wrapped itself around you and all from the inspirational teaching of Mike King who leaves you with the confidence to sing in a way you only ever dreamed of but never thought possible."