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Mike Tompkins (born July 31, 1987)[1] is a Canadian musician from Ilderton, Ontario. He primarily records acapella covers and original songs, using only his mouth and voice. He has been partnered with Maker Studios, but is now an independent artist.[2] He has been featured on both the Today Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[3][4][5]

Mike Tompkins
Also known aspbpproductions / Mike Tompkins (channel name)
Born (1987-07-29) July 29, 1987 (age 31)
OriginIlderton, Ontario
GenresPop, Cover songs
Occupation(s)Acapella Singer / YouTuber
InstrumentsVocals, Beatboxing
Years active2006-present
Websitewww.tompkins.life

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CareerEdit

Tompkins was born in Edmonton, Alberta[6] on July 31, 1987. He graduated from the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology.[7] He graduated with a diploma in music production, receiving honours distinction and two awards.[8] He started his musical career on YouTube in 2009. Since then, he has amassed more than 2.4 million subscribers to his channel and over 320 million views on his videos.[9] He has collaborated with artists including Peter Hollens, the cast of Pitch Perfect, Glenn Morrison, Christina Grimmie, Karmin, Bonnie McKee, Tessa Violet, t.A.T.u.,[10] Max Schneider, Bethany Mota, and The Muppets. He held 29 concerts in 2014. He has toured Los Angeles 3 times, Pittsburgh 2 times, Bridgeport, Dublin, and Philadelphia once. He has appeared with Lindsey Stirling 13 times, Heffron Drive 9 times, and Kendall Schmidt 2 times.[11]

CoversEdit

Tompkins has done acapella covers of "Forever", "Party in the USA", "Paradise", "Firework", "Rolling in the Deep", "Cool Kids", "Teenage Dream", "Dynamite", "Starships", "We Are Young", "Just the Way You Are", "Uptown Funk", "Shut Up and Dance", "Acapella", "Closer", "Cold Water", "Cheap Thrills", "Drag Me Down", "Don't Let Me Down", "Love Myself", "See You Again", "Want to Want Me", "Fireflies", "Where Are Ü Now", "Sugar", "Thunder" and many others.[12] Tompkins' music video for Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" was itself parodied by The Maccabeats, a Jewish a cappella group from Yeshiva University, in their cover version of "Dynamite" called "Candlelight" (2010).[13][14]

The very first cover that Tompkins did was the song Party in the USA.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Tompkins has another YouTube channel together with his wife, Kayla Tompkins, and their puppy Jackson and their son titled "Tompkins Life". The couple have one son, Dash Michael Tompkins, born on Mike's birthday. The channel has new uploaded videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.[16] Tompkins has also moved house to Nashville, Tennessee.[17]

Tompkins also has a sibling named Bryan Tompkins.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rubenstein, Jenna. "The Buzz On: Mike Tompkins". MTV. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ Peoples, Glenn. "Exclusive: Maker Studios Partners With Mike Tompkins in 'Long-Term Artist Development' Deal". Billboard. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. ^ Sabados, Steven; Hyndman, Chris. "YouTube Sensation Mike Tompkins". Live Well Network. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. ^ Oldenburg, Ann. "YouTube singer Mike Tompkins heads to Ellen show". USA Today. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Mike Tompkins Takes Over 'Today' & "Teenage Dream"". OK! Magazine. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  6. ^ http://www.miketompkins.barkcommunications.com/?i=14057&mid=1000&id=337131
  7. ^ "Industry Spotlight on Mike Tompkins". OIART News. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  8. ^ http://wikipella.org/wiki/Mike_Tompkins, biography
  9. ^ Villeveuve, Nicole. "Mike Tompkins, Mouth-Made Man". Torontoist. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3MpZnjfynU
  11. ^ https://www.songkick.com/artists/6093519-mike-tompkins, touring history, distance travelled, appears most with:
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Ravitz, Jessica (3 December 2010). "Hanukkah video helps Jews sing new tune". CNN. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  14. ^ Bratt, Heidi Mae (17 November 2016). "The Maccabeats Sing On Through Life's Many Changes". Jewish Standard. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/user/pbpproductions/videos, looked out for first cover in channel
  16. ^ https://www.youtube.com/user/KaylaTompkinsVlogs
  17. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjj7RUJ-rJM
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiJThIUTvEw

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