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June 1, 2005

G4 ready to tour

This Is London (UK)

Riding high after their success on television's the X Factor, runners-up G4 are getting ready for their first nationwide tour that begins in Croydon, next Tuesday, at Fairfield. It's a production that they have put their heart and soul into, says G4's Mike Christie. Mike, 24, who went to school in Reigate and was a choir boy at St Mary's Church, is still pinching himself to wake up from this fantastic dream. "We have been listening to the experts but have designed the set we wanted, and it is looking excellent," he says enthusiastically. "It really doesn't seem real when we look at all the tour arrangements, dates and merchandise, and it's all about us.

"For the show we have been on a health regime and diet. It's a lot of common sense, you know fruit and veggies, that stuff. We have a personal trainer too to work out three times a week. It's tough but great. We need to build up stamina for the tour. I felt I had more energy after just two weeks," he says. I ask about the format of the show, wondering just what can make four a cappella singers fill at least an hour of entertainment without getting a tad boring.

"That's just it," says Mike, "We can do so much more than just sing. Our degree course was music and drama. We can play instruments too and for variation the show is a mix of solos, duets and a load of variety. We want the show to really flow and not become boring. We've also been working with a choreographer."

Mike is also delighted that G4 has sparked a rise in boys joining choirs and wanting singing lessons. "That's a bonus to know we are inspiring other people and to know that we have opened the door to interesting people to all sorts of music."

His parents, Adrian and Jill, are very proud of their boy naturally, but still have to get their heads around all the media interest. Mike says they still find it strange to see him on the television at some red carpet event G4 have been invited to. Mike met fellow G4 members Matt Stiff, Jon Ansell and Ben Thapa while studying for his singing degree. All four members of the group are graduates of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, hence the name the number of guys and Guildhall.

Their debut album shot to the top of the charts on March 6 and sold more than 200,000 in its first week on sale. Mike informs me that their second album is being planned and should be set for release before the end of the year.

Posted by acapnews at June 1, 2005 12:09 AM