Born in the US, now based in London, 15-year-old Denis Coleman is rapidly becoming one of the most promising emerging pop artists on the UK scene. He began his musical career aged 5, when he first picked up a violin. Discovering a passion for music, he began studying at the Royal College of Music, where he also began composing music. At the age of 10, he wrote his first pop song.
Just a few years later, he won the nationwide song writing competition of Open Mic UK with his original song RADIO (written age 12), attracting attention from talent scouts and tv shows. Denis is now the brand ambassador for The Power of Muzik, a mental health and anti-bullying campaign founded by celebrity vocal coach CeCe Sammy. He has also been touring the UK, visiting schools and sharing his experience with music, as well as talking to students about how to overcome adversity today.
This year has seen Denis making hits in the studio writing tracks with top UK producers including Red Triangle (the Vamps, Ronan Keating, David Guetta, James Arthur), Joe Hartwell Jones (Usher, Adele, Ellie Goulding) and Raphaella (Rudimental, Gorgon City). He dropped his debut single ‘YOU’ in September 2018 and followed up with the highly anticipated ‘Soft Spot’ in March 2019. This summer will see him opening for The Vamps on their UK tour and performing on his own first headline tour.
- Supported The Vamps
- Supported Jason Allan
- Denis’ piece Unity and Fragmentation had been selected as a highly commended entry in the Lower Junior category of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition 2017.
- Another piece was also shortlisted for 2016 BBC Proms Inspire Competition that he wrote when he was just 12 years old.
- His piece Erosion was also performed by LSCO at the Easter course concert.
- Denis started at the Royal College of Music Junior Department when he was 9 years old where he studied violin and composition (joint first studies) along with choir, conducting and various other classes. He’s a grade 8 with distinction in violin and grade 6 with distinction in music theory.
- 13th July – Latest Music Bar, Brighton
- 20th July – The Zanzibar, Liverpool
- 21st July – The Half Moon, London
“Imperfect is one of my favourite songs I’ve written, and its meaning really comes through on two levels. Firstly, there’s me, singing to a girl about how I’m perfectly imperfect for her. It’s kind of a promise, a sort of self-promotion and a confession at the same time.
The other underlying meaning of the song is more universal. In a world full of Photoshop and social media, the pressure to look and be perfect can be overwhelming. This song is just a little reminder that it’s ok to be imperfect, that at the end of the day our flaws make us who we are.”