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We like to think at CEJ that our blogs aren’t your average accountancy blogs.
We dutifully give you updates on the latest tax changes and CEJ news but you’d have to look long and hard to find another accountant writing about that much-missed staple of Saturday night TV, Stars in their Eyes!
If you’re too young to remember it, Stars in their Eyes gave members of the public the chance to appear on primetime TV having been transformed into their favourite singer thanks to the wonders of TV, before performing said star’s biggest hit.
The programme played a huge role in the rise in popularity of tribute acts, with many contestants on the show going on to tour the world.
What has this got to do with CEJ, you may well ask. Well, one of our CEJ clients is not just a former Stars in their Eyes contestant but continues to perform up and down the country today. Professional soul/Motown singer Paul Stokes, who like many of our clients works in the financial sector, performed on Stars in their Eyes in 2000.
He remembers: “It was a fantastic experience.
“I portrayed a guy called Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers (singing What A Fool Believes). One of the guys I worked with on my first contract happen to let slip that I had been on Stars In Their Eyes. I came into work the next day, everyone in the office had been watching the clip!”
Being a contractor has long had its benefits for Paul’s singing career, he added.
“There have been several times when it has led to singing bookings – and long may it continue! I've also had many colleagues come to see me when I've been gigging locally, which is really great. We’ve had some great team nights out.”
Like many contractors, Paul has no immediate intention to give up his contracting work to concentrate full time on his “other” career.
He added: “Singing came first and always will! I’ve been at it for more than 25 years now and I still love every minute. I would love to give up the contracting eventually but what puts me off is an experience I had early on in my career."
“I was full time, getting plenty of bookings – enough to sustain a living. Then I ended up with laryngitis and didn’t sing a note for nearly two months, which of course meant I didn't earn for that time either.”
Paul’s next gig is at Blundell Street restaurant in Liverpool on February 25. Find out more on his website at www.pjstokes.com.
You can watch his Stars in their Eyes appearance here: https://youtu.be/kO_XBsOaEvk
As ever, if you’ve got any accountancy-related questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Email Jo (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ben (email@example.com) or Peter (firstname.lastname@example.org).