Imagine this. You’re a singer on the verge of hitting the big-time, then you lose your voice for seven months due to a freak accident and get dropped by your label.
Sounds almost too far-fetched to be true, but that’s exactly what happened to Blackpool lad Bradley Denholm.
Thankfully his voice has now returned and he is set to provide the soundtrack to a new feature film.
But it has been a tricky last year for him, no doubt about it.
“It’s been pretty horrible,” he says.
“Everything was going great this time last year. I’d been signed to the same people who represent Olly Murs and they were pretty excited about what I might achieve.
“They got me working with a producer who did a track for Beyonce and together we did a demo of Tainted Love. The label loved it and wanted to get it out – then I lost my voice.”
Bradley, 25, was on a night out in a Blackpool bar, on the dancefloor, when disaster struck.
“There was a DJ messing about with some dry ice,” he said.
“There was nothing malicious about what happened but as I turned around, he sprayed it right down my throat from really close range.
“My throat felt sore straightaway and the next day I couldn’t sing so I knew something was wrong.
“The doctor told me I’d severely damaged my vocal chords. He told me I could go to an ear, nose and throat specialist but I’d get told the same thing – that it will only get better in time. You have to let it heal.”
It was seven months before his damaged throat recovered and Bradley could start singing again.
“Unfortunately in the meantime the label dropped me,” he said.
“You can’t really blame them.
“They are a business and their business is music, so they’re not going to keep someone who can’t sing.
“It was hard for me and so frustrating because all I wanted to do was be able to sing. I suffered from depression and anxiety, but thankfully in the last couple of months I’ve been able to start again.”
With his voice getting stronger all the while, Bradley has wasted no time getting his talent out there again.
Working with the producer Adam Ferguson (who has produced songs for Virgin, Universal Music and all the top labels, and who contacted Bradley after hearing his material on Soundcloud), he has completed the song Playing With Fire. It will be included in a new film of the same name, by local film-maker Gaz Coward.
“It sounds good and we’ve got high hopes for it,” said Bradley, who went to Thames Primary and Warbreck High schools, now Unity.
“I feel as though I’ve lost a year because of the problem with my voice but I’m determined to try and make up for lost time.
“I want to work on as many projects as I can with as many producers as possible, and then we’ll see what happens.”
You can hear some of Bradley’s songs and find out more about him at his Facebook page Bradzofficial and on Twitter at @BradleyDenholm.