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The Mercury’s rising again

KEDDY’S Entertainment has interviewed many artistes, and Dave Bolam, stage name Dave Santana, performs a tribute to a British singer, songwriter and record producer, best known as the lead vocalist of rock-band Queen.

He was known for his flamboyant stage persona, and four-octave vocal range, and Dave told us what led him to Tenerife, and, more importantly, why he chose to perform as the one-and-only Freddie Mercury.

And here’s Dave’s story:

I’m a singer-songwriter from Yorkshire, but, at the age of five, I was in a foster home, and didn’t know who to turn to. But I soon discovered my love of music, and started singing, before teaching myself to play instruments.

My foster mum, June, supported me, and she even encouraged me to begin my journey into the showbiz world. I then started entering singing competitions, and had my fair share of ups and downs.

But I was always gaining valuable life experience, in this ever-changing entertainment industry.

Over the years, I have been in bands, and I sang in a duo named Extreme Conextion with Andrea Alexander, performing a variety of songs, from Italian to Dirty Dancing, Grease and many more. I even got to sing at Sunderland Football Club’s Stadium of Light, in front of 45,000 people.

Wow, what a show! I will always remember the crowd’s energy, and I truly felt on top of the world.

I then entered a competition called Chicago Rock Café in Gateshead, and was proud to have gone through to the regional finals in Livingston.

Loraine Crosby, who was judging the competition, approached me and asked me to join a band called Unbreakable, a Westlife tribute, which was unbelievable… a great time in my career.

Then I started performing as a soloist, singing all sorts of music, from the 60s through to the present day, writing my own songs and really enjoying becoming even more creative.

It was such hard work, and, like those competitions I entered all those years ago, there were many ups and downs. But it was all worthwhile, because I become an award-winning solo artiste in 2004, under the name  of Dave B.

I was then asked to play keyboard for an Abba band, and, after a while, I had the opportunity to audition for a Queen band as Freddie Mercury. I jumped at the chance, and passed it with flying colours. I had a month to learn all his mannerisms and how he spoke, to emulate the showman he once was.

I could never have dreamt of being one of the best tribute singers in the UK to the main man, in a band called Monarchy, with Steve Green, Dave Raye and Steve Ward, who had played with Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.

I then approached a record label with my brother, under the name Two’s Company, at GMI records in Cambridge, selling all over the world, but mainly in Japan, China and Germany.

I lived all over the UK, and absolutely loved releasing original music under the name Pace Well Entertainments and Def Jam recordings, from America, with my friend, the one and only Silvar Laidlow from (he knows she knows) the X Factor. This gave me a fan base after releasing Bulletproof, which is selling worldwide and still going strong. And that makes me so proud.

Last year, I became an open mic UK finalist for original music, and was offered a future music course through Sony and Warner, to help me along with my music.

However, for personal reasons, I had to think about my life and what I was going to do. Then, my friend Mark Clarke Carr, from Harvey’s Bar, told me to come to Tenerife.

I jumped on a plane, and, the minute I landed, I was performing as Freddie Mercury under the name Killer FM, which is a true passion of mine.

Now, I’m more and more recognised as one of the best tribute acts in the world, and my big dream is to perform in Vegas.

I have come this far, and  I would like to thank everyone who has helped me over the years, and who has offered me a chance to perform for them.

I would also like to thank Keddy’s Entertainment for giving me the opportunity to perform in the hotels here.

My show is energetic and fun, with plenty of costume changes, and it’s not to be missed!

So that’s it from our Freddie Mercury Tribute, Mr Dave Santana. We’re sure you’ll agree that Dave has been on a whirlwind journey, ending up in our little paradise people call Tenerife.

No matter how you start out in life, or where you’re from, always know that hard work, determination and pure passion will help you succeed.

If you want  more information about any of our acts or services, contact us at our offices, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm, on (0034) 922 096 975, or drop us an e-mail at info@keddysentertainment.com

Until next time, enjoy Tenerife’s entertainment scene, and remember, behind every entertainer there is a story.

If you want to join the Keddy’s Entertainment story, we are holding a recruitment day on Wednesday (14th Nov), at the Family Garden Compostela Beach Hotel, for hotel animation staff, who will deliver daytime and evening activities.

To reserve your space, simply e-mail your CV to our Entertainment Manager natalie@keddysentertainment.com today – why not join us having fun in the sun!

 

 

 

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