Name: Declan Galbraith
How old were you when you started singing on stage?
I was singing from a very early age. I can remember singing at family parties when I was 5 or 6 years old. I used to watch and listen to my grandfather, Poppy Ben, who played and sang in a band. I suppose it was that influence that gave me the interest in music and singing.
How did you start singing?
One day when I was 6 or 7 years old, my mother took me to see a Dickens Festival in a town called Rochester, near where I live. The festival is very famous; a lot of singers, musicians and actors perform to the public in the streets. I loved seeing them all and asked my mother if I could sing a song. She laughed, but then realized I was serious. I started singing in the street, and very quickly hundreds of people gathered around. It was a fantastic experience. It was from that moment that I knew I wanted to sing.
What is your most impressive singing experience?
I was in a concert with Elton John when I was 12 years old, and I sang for the Queen of England at the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
What do you love most about singing?
It’s what I have been doing for most of my life. I love every moment when I am singing. I actually love the whole music business: writing songs, making records, playing music, traveling, appearing on television shows, meeting the fans – everything.
If you could play a musical instrument, what would it be?
I learned a little bit of piano when I was at school. My manager bought me a guitar and I have started to learn and practice. Now, I’m playing guitar and singing, and I’m also writing songs.
Declan will be performing for the first time in China on May 24 at the Beijing Exhibition Theater