It’s been a long time since Ronan Parke’s 2011 Britain’s Got Talent audition that stole the nations hearts and resulted in him finishing as the runner-up. Now, at the age of 19, Ronan reflects on his past dive into the world of fame, why he found it so important to finish his education before he fully committed to the music world, and where he plans on being in a few years time…
Q1. Talk to me about life after Britain’s Got Talent?
Life after BGT was pretty crazy! I was super busy travelling, performing and recording and loving every second of it! I continued with my education until I finished High School and then decided to continue my career in music, which led to this album!
Q2. What would you say are the pros and cons of being in talent competitions?
That’s a tough question, purely because you go in blind. You never know what reaction you will receive. I was incredibly lucky on the show, so really didn’t experience any cons. I guess the only thing is that there are no guarantees, you can only try your best, enjoy your time and have no expectations!
Q3. What’s it like rising to fame at such a young age?
I can’t lie, it was very strange. I’m still not used to people knowing my name. But all of the experiences I’ve had are truly incredible. If your heart is in the right place you never do these things for fame. Fame is not something I have ever or will ever think about. I’m somebody who is passionate about music, performing and that’s it.
Q4. If you could go back would you do anything differently?
To be honest, no. I try my very best never to have regrets. I truly believe everything happens for a reason and I am so grateful for every experience in my life, good and bad because I’ve ultimately grown and learned from everything that has happened.
Q5. In your opinion why has your BGT audition been viewed 50 million times?
I honestly don’t know! I know I keep saying it, but I have been so lucky. I was just a young boy who loved to sing and wanted to share it with the world and was lucky enough to do that. I still have to pinch myself when I hear that figure, it’s crazy!
Ronan Parke’s Britain’s got Talent audition
Q6. Any advice for others wanting to take on singing at such a young age?
Believe in yourself and work hard. You have to be sure that you’re ready for the ups and downs, because it’s never a smooth ride! But try to enjoy every single moment! A great piece of advice for young singers is to try and find a vocal coach who can help you improve, because there are always more things you can learn as an artist. I have the same vocal coach that I had when I was 9 and still learn so much from her.
Q7. Do you think it was important to complete school/education before you fully ventured into your music career?
Absolutely. I knew from a young age singing was what I wanted to do, but having options is never a bad thing. Once you’ve finished your education then you can make the real decisions and focus, but education is so important.
Q8. Can you tell us a bit about what fans should be expecting from your latest album?
I’m so excited for people to hear this album. It’s a mixture of styles that I love. There’s pop, R&B, soul and ballads. It’s taken me a while to discover the direction I wanted to go in and I think at one point I was putting too much pressure on myself to pick one genre and not stray from that. I’ve been recording on and off since my first album when I was 13, but now think I’ve finally found my sound.
Q9. What was the inspiration for the album and how was the writing/creating process for this?
I really wanted to create music that people could connect with. I think it’s so important for music to touch people. I’ve been lucky with an incredible team of songwriters from around the world to help create this music. The journey overall has been such a huge learning process creatively and I’ve loved every second of it!
Q10. What’s your life ambition/dream?
I have the same dream I had when I was twelve entering Britain’s Got Talent, and that’s simply to sing. I love sharing my music with the world and performing for people, that’s my passion, and as long as I can continue to do that, I’m happy.
Ronan Parke’s latest single ‘No Love’ | Listen here – Ronanparke.com/nolove
Q11. What are your plans for the future/for the rest of 2018?
2018 has already been such a big year for me and will hopefully just get better. At this moment in time, I’m just taking every day as it comes and focusing on the release of the album later this year! I can’t wait to get out performing the new material, so that’s my main focus at the moment.
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Interview By Lucy Rix