Michael Rice unveils ‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’. A heartfelt anthem for authenticity and strength

"Yes it’s true, I wrote ‘big boys don’t cry’ in a London hotel lobby. The lyrics of Big Boys Don't Cry just came natural to me."
13 May 2024

Michael, a dynamic singer-songwriter, has made waves globally with his latest single, Big Boys Don’t Cry, known for its heartfelt themes and authentic storytelling. We explored his innovative musical approach, deep personal connections through his songs, and his advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights.

The song, crafted in a London hotel lobby and completed in a Brixton studio with producer Tom Marlow, showcases Michael’s vocal talents and reflects the emotional spectrum of his career. It’s designed to inspire resilience and authenticity.

Michael shared insights into the significant challenges he’s faced, including a pivotal experience at the Eurovision Song Contest, which reaffirmed his artistic vision. As an LGBTQ+ advocate, Michael encourages authenticity, stating, “Being gay myself, I want to encourage others to embrace their own identity.”

Looking forward, Michael is dedicated to advancing his musical career and inspiring others. “This year, I’m focused on releasing new music and sharing my journey with fans globally,” he reveals. With a commitment to spreading positivity, Michael’s future in music looks bright and impactful.

Stay tuned for updates on Michael’s journey through music and advocacy as he continues to inspire change worldwide.

So with ‘big boys don’t cry’ lyrics, I really wanted to capture all of that emotion and share my life experience so far, to inspire other people who are maybe struggling themselves (just like I was) whether that be with mental health, their sexuality, or just navigating everyday life.

What’s up Michael ? What’s going through your mind right now?

Hey Fame Magazine, I’m great thank you. Right now, I’m just thinking about the amazing response I’ve received of my new brand new single Big Boys Don’t Cry. I’m blown away by the huge support from all across the world. 

Could you explore the unique recording methodology employed for Big Boys Don’t Cry, especially given its unorthodox location within a London hotel lobby?

Yes it’s true, I wrote ‘big boys don’t cry’ in a London hotel lobby. The lyrics of Big Boys Don’t Cry just came natural to me. I wanted this record to be a deeply personal reflection of my own journey through the highs and lows of the music industry and what I’d been through to get to this moment in my career. 

I Penned Big Boys Don’t Cry in just 30 minutes. With this song I wanted to capture the raw emotion and vulnerability of an artist navigating the pressures of fame and self-discovery. 

Can you describe the collaborative process with producer Tom Marlow and explain how he influenced the sonic and thematic direction of Big Boys Don’t Cry?

Tom Marlow, is my incredible producer in London, who I go down to work with in his home studio based in Brixton. I wrote ‘big boys don’t cry’ the night before I was leaving london, after a few days of sessions. 

I called Tom the next morning and asked if he could squeeze me into his busy schedule, so we could record the vocals for the first demo. We managed to record all of the vocals in just 1 hour, while also discussing our ideas for the overall soundscape and what we wanted this record to sound like. 

We both worked together to really get the message of the lyrics across, as well as the production, choosing particular instruments like; piano, orchestral strings, huge cinematic drums and cool earthy sounds, to take the listener on a journey, making it as emotive and powerful as possible.

Could you elaborate on how the themes of resilience, optimism, and self-assurance are reflected in the lyrics of Big Boys Don’t Cry?

Growing up in the northeast and coming from a hardworking family, it’s always been instilled in me to work hard, be optimistic and always follow my dreams, no matter what life may throw at me along the way.

So with ‘big boys don’t cry’ lyrics, I really wanted to capture all of that emotion and share my life experience so far, to inspire other people who are maybe struggling themselves (just like I was) whether that be with mental health, their sexuality, or just navigating everyday life. 

Your vocal support for LGBTQ+ rights is widely acknowledged. How do the themes echoed in Big Boys Don’t Cry intersect with your advocacy endeavors?

I Am a proud advocate and want to be an inspirational voice within the lgbtq+ community. I want my story, music and lyrics to impact as many people as possible. Being gay myself, I want to encourage others to embrace their own identity and live authentically, free from the constraints of societal expectations. 

My ultimate message within ‘big boys don’t cry’ is that you are never alone. There is always help and support out there and I really hope this song can help inspire, even just 1 person within my lgbtq+ community. 

Which artists are you listening to right now?

Right now I’m currently listening to Griff – she’s killing the pop game! 

I’ve also been listening to an amazing up and coming artist ‘Sekou’ he’s outstanding! 

Imagine you’re stranded on a desert island—what three albums would you hope to find washed up on the shore?

Whitney Houston Album

Adele 21 album

Iam Sasha Fierce.. Beyonce 

Can you divulge your upcoming plans for the rest of this year? 

This year, I want to keep releasing my new music, sharing my story with my amazing fans, while inspiring young kids and adults all around the world, who feel like they haven’t got a voice. With every song I write, i always want to spread love and positivity and Instil a message of hope that there are brighter days ahead. 

If given the chance to embark on a tour with any musicians, past or present, whom would you select and what specifically attracts you to them?

If I was given the chance to embark on a tour with any musician, It would have to be the voice… Whitney Houston! I’ve always been such a huge fan of Whitney. Ever since I was a kid, I would sing and dance around my bedroom to ‘Dance With Somebody’. What specially attracts me to Whitney, is her story, her struggles in life, hardships and still she spread so much joy and light into the world with her gift. 

What obstacles have you encountered within the music industry thus far?

I have faced many obstacles within the music industry, so much so that it affected my own mental health for a long time. In 2019, I represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song contest. I was 21 and immediately catapulted into the limelight, pretty much overnight. 

I received a lot of negative press from the mainstream media and online trolls about my weight, my appearance, my voice and then placing last place, ultimately broke this young, naive kid who had always dreamed of being on the big stage. 

There was so much pressure on me to be at the top of my game and alot of weight to carry on my shoulders, of coming back home and feeling like I let my country down.

I nearly gave up on my myself and my dream. looking back now, I’m so happy I didn’t let those people win. I decided to move to London in 2023 and that’s where I met my producer Tom Marlow. 

It was there, that I really found myself again and who I was as an artist, and inspired me massively, to write my most personal, most honest and best work to date. 

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