Liverpool based award-winning singer-songwriter Michael Nelson, aka BANNERS, was seven when he started his “musical apprenticeship.” He sang every day after school in one of the UK’s most well-known cathedrals but it was a chance trip with his producer father to a studio in Toronto that proved life-changing for the musician. He ended up meeting many musicians and started his first attempt at songwriting.
Shortly after, a demo CD he made found its way to Grammy-nominated producer Stephen Kozmeniuk. His first single shot straight to number one on the alternative radio charts in Canada, garnering 10 million Spotify streams overnight and an invite to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
BANNERS quickly became a household name in North America and Canada, with a viral TikTok moment for his song “Someone To You” earning over 1.5 billion streams. The song went Platinum and Gold in multiple countries and led to an appearance on American Idol.
With the new EP, I Wish I Was Flawless, I’m Not, Michael says he’s drawn on his own personal experience of the last few years. Many of the songs focus on the things that matter the most when times are tough – like close friends, family and love.
“I finally feel like I’ve found the direction I want to head towards, and I know for the first time really how I want to achieve that,” he smiles. He’s Liverpool’s best kept secret, but that won’t last for long. It will only be a matter of time before the city has another musical hero to call its own.