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Mike Tomkins: My Tribute

Updated on August 12, 2012
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Mike Tomkins: Inspiration

Several weeks ago a thought popped into my head as I was battling writer's block. I thought to myself, I love music, right? Maybe I should fuel that passion by transfering it over to my writing. So, I wrote an article on Music Covers which discussed what they are, their benefits and the requirements necessary to create one. As I was concluding the article, I shared with my readers that I was going to be starting a music tribute series in which I would pay tribute to Cover Artists on YouTube. My intention was to help these talented artists gain some publicity, because they are not well known outside of the YouTube Realm.

I have now covered five Cover Artists, Sam Tsui, Boyce Avenue, Tyler Ward, Maddi Jane and Julia Sheer. Today, I will be presenting a very unique Cover Artist. This young man sings popular songs but also adds percussion and other various instruments to his songs. The sounds you will hear in the songs I will be displaying have all been created by his mouth!

I hope you enjoy this Cover Artist wonder, Mike Tomkins!

Mike Tomkins: First Sample Video Below!

Before I get started with the article, I would like to share with you a sample video of Mike Tomkin's music which I hope will provide you with a taste of his talent and unique style. I must warn you that Mike Tomkins uses some exaggerated and dramtic expressions while he sings. He most likely got these expressions from his acting and stage prductions experiences.

Enjoy Mike Tomkins' cover of "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry!

Mike Tomkins: "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry

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Mike Tomkins: Background

I am sure you are all aware of what Black Friday is whether you participate or not. That one night where you stay up and basically shop til you drop. I am also sure that you are wondering why I am discussing Black Friday when I should be paying tribute to Mike Tomkins. Well, the reason why is because his birth reminded me of Black Friday. Mike Tomkins was born during the "Black Friday" trajedy in Edmonton, Canada. In the year of 1987, a deathly tornado hit Edmonton, Canada. The Edmontonians refer to this tornado as "Black Friday" which occurred on July 31, 1987. This tornado killed 27 people, injured more than 300 people, destroyed more than 300 homes, and caused more than $332.27M worth of damage.

Mike Tomkin's musical career began when he was eight years old. He started learning how to beat box at the ripe age of eight. From then on, his music career has rocketed! He excelled in his high school where he performed in several musical productions and graduated with honors from high school vocal music. Mike Tomkins then continued his musical career at the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology(OIART). Mike Tomkins graduated from OIART with a diploma in musical production with honors and two music awards.

So there you have it! Mike Tomkins, the successful music production extraordinaire who survived the "Black Friday" trajedy in Edmonton, Canada. Now let's enjoy some more music and learn a few interesting facts!

Mike Tomkins: "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz

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This Is My Rating Of Mike Tomkins' Music

5 stars for Mike Tomkins' Music

Mike Tomkins: Interesting Facts

  • Mike Tomkins was born in Edmonton, Canada. Christywrites, he was born in Canada! Maybe Mike and Carly should perform together!
  • He survived the "Black Friday" tornado on July, 31, 1987.
  • In 2007, He was deemed a "recording ace" by the London Free Press after spending that year engineering and producing acclaimed releases including Shad’s Juno and Polaris nominated album “The Old Prince”. (This was written by an editorialist from www.lastfm.music)
  • Mike Tomkins was featured on the Ellen Degeneres show, where he sang his cover of "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz.
  • Mike Tomkins' initial dream was to produce music, but that slowly evolved into music covers after he began performing on YouTube for fun. He now does both, producing and singing!
  • His cover of "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry reached an astronomical number of 2,000,000 views within two months!
  • His cover of "Teenage Dream" gave him a ticket to the Ellen Degeneres show, The Today Show and a few trips to Florida to work with Timbaland.
  • Mike Tomkins' videos are performed by only using his mouth and his voice!
  • Mike Tomkins' YouTube Channel has 555,854 subscribers!
  • His YouTube Channel has 97,099,717 views!
  • Mike Tomkins' Facebook page has 341,034 likes!
  • His Twitter Account has 59,750 followers!


My Favorite Song From Mike Tomkin's Repertoire

This is the last video I will be sharing, but definitely not the least! This is currently my favorite video of Mike Tomkins! I hope you enjoy his cover of "Rolling In The Deep!"

Mike Tomkins: "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele

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Until Next Time!

I hope you have enjoyed this overview of Cover Artist Mike Tomkins! His musical resume is outstanding, and I see big things for him in the future of musical production and singing! I enjoy his songs because are they vastly different than most of the music you hear today. His unique voice and ability to add so many musical instruments with only his mouth were the enticing factors for me. I started listening to him about a year ago, and have loved him ever since!

Well, that is it for now fellow hubbers! Enjoy listening to Mike Tomkins and create some playlists! Until Next Time!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Josh, I have to admit I don't always click on videos, but they are fun...Well done as Usual!!! What am I talking about...You introduce those I would never listen to...so I guess you are the one that rocks!!!

      Awesome Job!!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Patty,

      Thanks for visitng Patty! Thanks for your awesome compliment here on this tribute to Mike Tomkins! He is well deserving! Have a good one!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      This guy is brilliant ^_^ I admire anyone who can go acapella, and this guy's amazing. Great tribute choice. voted up and shared.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A fine job, Josh. I these singers should be given more credit like I always say!! You've done that for them. A rocking tribute!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mama,

      Hey, so good to see you! I love your visits! Thanks for your compliment on this tribute! Thanks for the vote and share as well, have a great rest of your weekend!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Michelle,

      Thanks four comment here. Yes, they should be given way more credit. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      A great addition to your music appreciation series, Josh. Thank you for highlighting some really great talent that we might not normally be exposed to.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      TT,

      Thanks for visiting this tribute to the well deserving Mike Tomkins! You are welcome for the highlights! I am only doing what I think is important to get these talented singers out there!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Josh, Wow - he is great. I can only imagine how long it must take him to lay down all of the different parts. I bet it takes hours and hours. Nice to see the photo of him and Ellen - at least he is getting some good publicity.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Julie,

      Thanks so much for your support of these well desering Cover Artists I have been paying tribute to! You are the best! Yes, I am glad he is getting publicity. I have a lot of hope for him in the future! And yes, it must take hours and hours and hours! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Josh, thank you for finally giving me some background on this talented young man. I have watched his video of Rollin In the Deep several times now since you first shared it with me and it never gets old. I love how he adds his own percussions and beat never having to even use one instrument. So talented and so glad you finally did this young man justice with this article. Have of course voted and shared too!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      I am glad to have given you some background! Isn't it a great video? I love listening to him! Glad you enjoyed this tribute to Mike Tomkins! Thanks so much Janine for all your support of my music tributes. It means so much to me! Also, for not missing a single one of mu hubs since we have been following each other! That is awesome! Have a great day Janine!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh Josh, I will always read and comment on your hub and so very happy to. You always give me some new food for thought when I first get up each day and so enjoy that. As for the video, I absolutely love it and can't thank you enough for sharing it with me. Lastly, thank you yet again for becoming a wonderful friend to me. I am just so honored and thankful for that!!!

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      GiblinGirl 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Wow this guy is pretty awesome. Great choice of an intriguing artist to cover. He's definitely doing something different out there.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Eye candy for sure! Plus talent! Great photos! I'm all for Mike and Carly performing together, maybe Christie could arrange something. All Mike has to do is "Call Her Maybe!" Fab hub! :)

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Hi Josh! As Sunshine said, "He's hot!" Wow, and talented. Thanks for introducing this type of music. I will bookmark this and listen as I write. Voted up and interesting. Take care, Kelley

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Great tribute to a talented artist for sure. He has something different and unique going on, and that is what it takes. Thanks for sharing with us about this artist. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know why but when I saw this guys picture I thought of you immediately.....anyway, I'm going hiking but wanted to visit your hub first....great cover of a cover....LOL....I'll listen to him when I get home.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Pretty cool music. Loved his "teenage dream" and, "just the way you are." I was in recording studios before, and the technology was reduced to just a keyboard on your laptop. Mike Tomkims sounds like a future sensation from Canada. Christy must be having fun! Thanks for the tunes buddy!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      I agree, this guy is hot! Thank you for introducing us to young singers and musicians. I Iike this because these are people are off the beaten path so to speak. Great job, josh!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      Thanks so much Janine! You are the best! You are welcome for everything!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Giblin,

      Thanks, glad you like him! Yes, he is very different! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Josh, I think you've found your niche, my friend! Music talent scout and promoter. Seriously consider it. For real!

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      flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

      His sure is an awesome singer. I like the way he shows you how he made it at the end of his music video. A very talent young man who does look a little like a very serious Josh.

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      Becky Bruce 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      This is awesome Josh! Someday you'll be one of the famous people yourself writing about up and coming artists and getting paid the big bucks to do so :) I like Mike's music and think he will really go far!! YouTube has opened up so many venues for artists. Great hub! I bet Mike would appreciate it :)

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      Wow! I am so amazed at the talent of these people! Thanks for sharing these as I would never have seen them otherwise.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Linda,

      I knew you would say he was eye candy! I am glad you liked him! Christy should definitely arrange something! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Kelley,

      LOL, thanks! Thanks for your visit Kelley! I love when you visit my hub, you rock!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Faith,

      Thanks Faith, glad you liked it! You are welcome for the share of Mike Tomkins, He is awesome and deserves this tribute!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill,

      I think I will take that as a compliment! :) Hope your hike is going well Bill!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Joseph,

      Thanks for reading this tribute to the well deserving Mike Tomkins! He is going to make it big someday!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Suzette,

      LOL thanks for stopping bu Suzette! Yes, they are not well known, but are obviously talented!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Shauna,

      Aww, thanks Shauna, that was so nice of you to say! I may consider it!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      flash,

      Yes, I do love how he shows how he made it, it is a great touch! He is very talented!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Becky,

      Hey Becky! Thanks for stopping by, appreciate it! :) Yes, he will go far!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      cat,

      They are very talented for sure! Thanks for your positive feedback!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Im giving you my thumbs up on these tributes bless you bro :)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Josh...IMHO...I like him best of all your covers thus far. This young man has TALENT. Love the sound. It's amazing to me that he interjects the sounds of his own power!! Great hub....like the music...alot!! UP++

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Frank,

      Thanks so much for your support and compliments on my music tributes!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Paula,

      Thanks so much Paula! He definitely is one of my favorite cover artists! Glad you agree!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      I'm kinda jealous of your niche LOL- You seem to have a nice carving. These artists are really cool. Are you seeing traffic from these types of hubs?

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      LOL, Thanks Julie! ) I am not seeing traffic yet, but you know me with SEO. I am probably doing something wrong! :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Who?

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mhatter99,

      His name is Mike Tomkins! LOL Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another interesting hub. Thanks for the intro to Mike Tomkins. Handsome guy great voice. Passing this on.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Gypsy,

      Thanks for your awesome feedback! :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This guy's a keeper! Great sound and as SS said, nice to look at! So much talent out there and you're doing a great job of bringing it to us!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mary,

      Yes, Mike Tomkins is an amazing cover artist for sure, glad you liked this tribute!

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      Alan 4 years ago from Tasmania

      Josh, this is the second time you have lifted my musical appreciation an extra mile high!

      Be careful, you might make me young again!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Jon,

      Sorry if I make you young again with Mike Tomkin's music! :

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      Alan 4 years ago from Tasmania

      Josh, further to my inspiration gained from You Tube, looking for young talents on the Internet, you might be interested in this guy, Jarrod Radnich. His playing is awesome.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzGgX1DihPw&fea...

      Hope I am not infringing HubPages rules by doing this.

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